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theschoolboards
03-04-2011, 08:29 AM
This from NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2011/03/04/2011-03-04_education_dept_plans_to_spend_52m_on_computer_c ontractors_as_it_lays_off_4600_te.html) by Meredith Kolodner:
The Education Department is quietly increasing computer consultant contracts next year even as it threatens to lay off 4,600 teachers, the Daily News has learned.

High-tech consultants are slated to rake in at least $52 million next fiscal year's operating budget, up from the $28 million they were budgeted this year.

The biggest jump in the computer squad will be for those working in central administration - their budget will rise to $33 million next year from $12.3 million this year.

Just this January, the mayor agreed to cut $4 million from the much-criticized computer consultant budget as part of a deal with the City Council to keep firehouses open.

The increases come as the city faces a $4.6 billion budget gap, prompting Mayor Bloomberg to threaten massive teacher layoffs.

Some parents say they'd rather keep the teachers than the ballooning computer contracts.

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