The waste involved was even more astonishing, considering that the DOE will be facing big budget cuts next year, which will severely hamper the ability of NYC schools to provide the health and safety protections as well as educational and emotional support that students will need.
The DOE argued that, for some reason, they were obligated to renew the busing contracts through the end of the year, but would only pay 85%, as they apparently get 15% savings on snow days.
There may be a perfectly logical reason for all this, and if readers have an explanation, please propose it in the comments box below. In any case, the lack of transparency around this issue is distressing, with the City Council apparently allowing DOE to stash away at least $400 million. Instead of accounting for these savings which might have prevented the cuts to staffing and essential programs next year, these funds can now presumably be used on consultants, to sustain the DOE's inflated bureaucracy, or anything else.