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New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation! ^ | January 13, 2013 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 01/13/2013 7:15:26 AM PST by Kaslin

New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

Government schools are an expensive endeavor, especially when union labor and no-bid contracts are involved.

The New York City Department of Education has been catching heat from transportation unions lately over a decision to solicit bids for private transportation services in an effort to curtail runaway costs.

The district has not sought “significant” bids for student transportation services in 33 years. That means it’s probably been using the same companies for years, without competitive bids to naturally control rising costs.

And those costs are increased every year because the companies use high-paid union drivers.

In response to the union criticism, the DOE recently issued a “School Bus Bids FAQ” which makes a staggering admission: the city spends $6,900 per student (for a total of $1.1 billion) per year for bus transportation.

In a 180 day school year, that’s $38.33 per student a day. At that rate it might be more cost-effective for the school system to distribute vouchers for kids to take taxis.

City officials say New York spends more than twice what Los Angeles (the nation’s second-largest city) spends on K-12 student transportation.

They point out that a recently bid contract for pre-kindergarten bus services saved the city $95 million over five years.

The unions are obviously upset because competitive bidding means companies seeking a city transportation contract will naturally want to control their labor costs. Higher wages and expensive benefits for drivers means a higher bid, and a higher bid may fail to secure the contract.

The unions are also upset because the city is removing a provision from its bidding rules that says companies must retain drivers during layoffs based on seniority.

Union officials say less experienced drivers could compromise safety and put students at risk.

The DOE claims the bus unions may strike as a result of losing seniority, leaving 152,000 students – including 54,000 who require special transportation services – without a ride to school.

Such a threat was lodged previously by the Amalgamated Transit Union when the city solicited bids for the pre-K contract.

So instead of allowing the city to save tax money through a bidding process, and allowing the bus contractors to retain the best (not necessarily the most senior) drivers, union officials and supportive politicians are screaming bloody murder.

Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson called the move “misguided” while Public Advocate Bill De Blasio said there was “no legal rationale” for effectively eliminating seniority, according to CBS 2.

Both are rumored to be running for mayor and are currently kissing the ring of Big Labor.

Perhaps there’s one potential mayoral candidate out there who understands how stupid it is to waste millions of precious education dollars on an expense that has nothing to do with student learning – all in the name of keeping Big Labor fat and sassy.

A lot of disgusted taxpayers might support such a candidate.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New York
KEYWORDS: budgetandgovernment; educationandschools; newyorkcity; unions
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To: Kaslin

“In a city like NYC where all kinds of public transportation is available. I agree completely. But what about in the country where there is no public transportation?”

Smaller schools that are neighborhood oriented. I don’t live in an urban area. There’s no reason for kids to be bused to a large school

21 posted on 01/13/2013 4:26:19 PM PST by Figment
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To: Kaslin

New York is spending massive sums of money on an education system that has a near 50% drop put rate and graduates students who are functioning at an 8th grade level with may being functionally illiterate.

Perhaps the is overspending and the fact that everyone responsible is spending all their time and effort grubbing for money and not educating children.

Children are no longer the purpose of our education system in these cities, they are props used to extort money for the grifters in the system.

22 posted on 01/13/2013 4:52:53 PM PST by rdcbn
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To: CharlesWayneCT
And people complained about North Kansas City schools wanting to spend about $1,000 per bus to rig some of the fleet (long distance buses) for WiFi.
23 posted on 01/13/2013 5:47:56 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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