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Bureaucratic Ineptitude

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A more ridiculous example of bureaucratic wrongness has struck me. Several, actually, which I’ll be posting about more or less regularly, if but for posterity, for it’s wrong and terrible to subject non-DoE friends to the constant onslaught of horror stories during our weekly pub crawls when I can just post it here.*

I return to this topic because Bloomberg came to the decision, after the latest round of ultimatums to the UFT, that he wasn’t going to lay off teachers after all. This filled me with dread, because the last time he said that and the UFT cheered their own might, he instead took his pound of flesh out of DC37, myself included – for, you see, computer technicians and technology coordinators are not covered in the technology section of the budget, which Bloomberg has kept sacrosanct by virtue of ensuring that none of it can be used to pay salaries.

What that meant was that the same year my school – my former school – spent $300k on new computers, SMARTBoards, tablets and associated errata, under the “use it or lose it” style of budgetary discretion principals tend to abide by, they laid off the one staff member responsible for their upkeep and usage.

My school – my current school – has spent around that much on new equipment this past school year. We’ll see if I’m still here come October.

*DoE friends are all alcoholics and incapable of talking about anything else but the system, so they lose nothing in the bargain.

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4 Responses to “Bureaucratic Ineptitude”


  1. 65 Court St « Big Smoke
    on Jun 28th, 2011
    @ 12:04 am

    […] I mentioned, I was laid off two years ago. I spent eleven months collecting unemployment before being hired back into the school system at […]


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    on Jul 12th, 2011
    @ 2:02 pm

    […] tech in a building of six schools, soon nobody will be running the equipment. Can’t say I didn’t see it coming; will see how deep it cuts this […]


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    on Aug 26th, 2011
    @ 10:19 am

    […] he could do the same and laid off some 900 employees, including myself – as this was when I was laid off October before last. When I was rehired, it was into a new position the NYCDoE invented so as to avoid all the hassle […]


  4. This Seems Familiar « Big Smoke
    on Jan 29th, 2013
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    […] can’t help but feel I’ve heard this one before, and though I’m no longer on the chopping block like I was the last two times he demanded his […]

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