I am pleased to announce that Noah Gotbaum and I will be appearing as guests on the CUNY TV show, “Edcast,” to be aired on:
Wednesday, March 23, 10am, 3pm and 11pm
Saturday, March 26, 8pm
and Sunday March 27, 10am.
That’s channel 75 on TimeWarner and Cablevision, and channel 77 on RCN in New York City.
You may recall that my book: “The Education and Deconstruction of Mr. Bloomberg, How the Mayor’s Education and Real Estate Development Policies Affected New Yorkers 2002-2009 Inclusive” is available at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, among other online stores.
Edcast lasts 30 minutes, but the Mayor’s education reforms have set New York City grade-school students back for decades to come.
There is an easy two-step solution to improving education in this city:
Step 1. Get rid of all of the patronage-hired, pricey “education consultants” that are draining the education budget, and select vendors through competitive bidding. (I mention in my book a mere handful of the countless examples of this exorbitant spending:
Platform Learning, whose fee was a projected $7.6 million for a projected five years, that snowballed into $62 million in three years;
All Kinds of Minds, which fulfilled only 20% of its $10 million contract with the Department of Education;
Cambridge Education, which was paid more than $16 million to measure schools’ usage of data; the personnel commuted from England at this city’s expense;
Accenture was paid $2 million instead of $500,000, which should have gone to the lowest bidder in a nine-company competitive bidding process.)
Step 2. Use the vast quantity of money saved to reduce class sizes, hire experienced teachers, purchase books and supplies, etc.