More Layoffs At Department Of Education
Mayor Bloomberg announced more layoffs at the NYCDOE in response to the city's $3.3 billion budget deficit. It is not yet clear who specifically will be laid off -- teachers, administrators, principals? In any event, it is not good news for the many many people relying on the DOE to educate their children. The DOE is understaffed as it is and they already don't pick up their phones. They've already cut special education services in the public schools and they lack enough related service providers to work with the students who demand these services. The DOE is giving parents hell at IEP meetings even where the need for services is pressing. Bloomberg says we're going to have to "do more with less" but how deep can you cut in an agency that is already bleeding.