- Why should DOE be authorized to spend $4.5 million for additional nurses now, when we have about 1400 nurses already on staff and only about 70 Resource Enrichment Centers operating at the current time? What are the existing nurses on staff doing, and how would these additional nurses be deployed this year?
- How much is the DOE paying for each iPad, for sim cards to access the internet, and for all of this collectively? And why was the decision made not purchase laptops instead, which are more useful to students? According to the NY Post, a City Council source said that the DOE is paying $625 for each iPad – unclear if this included the sim cards. Assuming this is the price and they are purchasing 225,000, if laptops were bought instead at about $200 each, this might have saved as much as $100 million, about equal to what the DOE proposes to cut Fair Student Funding from school budgets next year.
- Why does DOE want to spend an additional $40.5M for IBM to “stage” these iPads; why is this necessary?
- What is the per hourly rate charged by Accenture for consulting during the COVID crisis, amounting to $1.2 million, and exactly what will they be doing?
- Why is the DOE asking the PEP to approve an additional $3.4 million for professional development for the current school year, considering it will likely go unused and the Chancellor is proposing to cut $98 million from PD next year?
- Why is there still a need for $40.8 million in custodial supplies, although the vast majority of schools closed more than three months early? With it still uncertain as to whether schools will be open this summer either, it would appear that custodial supply needs should be reduced significantly this fiscal year and into the summer months.
- At the contract committee meeting that happened last week, Lindsey Oates, the DOE CFO, stated that most of these contracts were decided upon 45 days ago when schools were still open. Why then haven’t they since been reconsidered and taken off the list for this year?
Community Education Council District 6