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Outsourcing New York City Schools

September 20, 2009

[Ed. note — This story is an update to a previous entry here ….. “Outsourcing: New York Schools Hired “Future Technology Associates”” ]

I reported in August that the New York school system was replacing its computer/IT department with over-priced H-1B visa holders, ostensibly to cut labor costs. These “consultants” bill New York at the rate of $250,000 a year so it’s not clear how the schools save money

Since the last report, things haven’t gotten any better. Now that the computer/IT department has been gutted, hundreds of low-paid school aides are scheduled for job termination so that a few more expensive “consultants” can be hired. The “consultants” work for a company called “Future Technology Associates” (FTA), which seems to be nothing more than a post office box in Florida and a few H-1Bs

Most of the school aides who will lose their jobs are part timers who perform functions like hallway and cafeteria duty, transporting sick children, and filling out paperwork for the school lunch program. They will be put on the sacrificial altar even though they are paid an average of $17,500 a year.

The story continues …..

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