De­spite DOE Spend­ing, NYC Kids Are Left Be­hind

New York Post - - POST OPINION -

The Post’s ar­ti­cle on the dis­mal state of the New York City school sys­tem was great; how­ever, the pie chart of ex­penses and ac­com­pa­ny­ing test scores was very dis­ap­point­ing and telling (“Big $plurge on schools fails kids,” June 18).

De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tors and teach­ers should be re­quired to carry a copy in their pocket at all times. You know, for quick ref­er­ence when they are look­ing for a raise. At $23,560 per stu­dent per year, they should be ashamed of them­selves for the re­sults they pro­duce.

The great­est city in the world is fail­ing its chil­dren and the politi­cians do noth­ing about it. Shame on all of them. Ken­neth Le­beck Plain­view

Cost-cut­ting in ed­u­ca­tion is cer­tainly pos­si­ble. Con­nect­ing ex­penses to stu­dents’ poor per­for­mance is ig­no­rant.

Why is the city spend­ing $23,560 per pupil? Here are some clues: The push for learn­ing on­line was bru­tal and the in­stal­la­tion and equip­ment ex- pen­sive. This ser­vice costs big-time.

Ad­di­tion­ally, pres­sure from the di­ver­sity move­ment led to costs of tu­tor­ing and ex­tra test prep to mirac­u­lously turn weak stu­dents into schol­ars. Ex­tra staff is re­quired to ser­vice spe­cial-ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents. Does achiev­ing the sup­posed 72.6 per­cent grad­u­a­tion rate from high school have a cost? Dianne Still­man Brooklyn Of course the money spent on city schools is go­ing down the drain. Of­fi­cials think “the more you spend per stu­dent, the bet­ter the re­sults.”

Noth­ing will im­prove un­til the par­ents get bet­ter in­volved at home with their chil­dren’s stud­ies. K. Cris­son Sayville

The spend­ing in our state per stu­dent has reached in­sane lev­els.

The Post said “squeez­ing tax­pay­ers is bad enough, stiff­ing kids un­for­giv­able” (“School Spend­ing In­san­ity,” Ed­i­to­rial, June 15).

Far from be­ing held ac­count­able, the mayor, gov­er­nor and all those who help per­pet­u­ate city schools’ in­sane spend­ing and hor­ri­ble ed­u­ca­tion will be re­warded by be­ing re-elected.

How any par­ent or guardian whose child at­tends one of these fail­ure fac­to­ries could vote for Democrats who do this to their chil­dren is an eter­nal mys­tery. John Du­mary Duanes­burg

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