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Statement from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. re: Panel for Educational Policy Contract Vote

Borough President Diaz joined members of the UFT on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse to protest the upcoming vote by the Panel for Educational Policy.

“Tomorrow, the Panel for Educational Policy will be voting on 24 vendor contracts, one of which is a nearly $5 million contract to recruit and train new teachers as part of the New York City Teaching Fellow’s program. I do not understand why, at a time when we are facing the loss of thousands of teachers due to budget cuts, we are not using these funds to preserve the teaching positions we currently have. This does not make any sense, and illustrates extremely poor planning and judgment by the Department of Education. Instead of spending $5 million looking for new teachers, I would think that the DOE should spend that money keeping the ones we already have.

“I have asked my representative to the Panel for Educational Policy to call for a postponement on voting on this item at Tuesday’s meeting and am hopeful that the Department of Education will seriously consider our request. If that postponement is not forthcoming, Ihave asked her to vote against this contract,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

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