De Blasio’s Questionable School Consultants Cost Taxpayers Millions
A retired principal who lied to corruption investigators, the co-author of a book written by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and a nonprofit headed by an insurance fraudster are among those riding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School Renewal Program gravy train, The Post has learned.
Two key elements of Hizzoner’s costly improvement initiative — which critics have called a failure — are the hiring of “leadership coaches” to boost principals’ performance and the contracting of nonprofits to supply students with social services and after-school programs.
Individual pay rates for these consultants reach a staggering $1,400 a day, and the overall spending on those contracts totals around $40 million a year.
That comes on top of an $8.5 million payroll for 72 Department of Education bureaucrats dedicated to the Renewal push, as revealed by The Post in October.