What she needs is...more consultants!

We know that our educational system is a sorry mess, and we know that no matter how many trillions we seem to throw at it, it just gets worse, but now this:

New York City has applied for $225 million in federal “Race to the Top” funding.  Well, that ought to accomplish something.   And it does.  According to the New York Post, the city’s 32 page plan calls for:

“….creating dozens of new positions for mid-level managers at a tab of $25 million — including $5 million to hire ‘network innovation managers’ and ‘central innovation staff’.’

Well, lord knows we need that.  We also get

“another $33 million…toward hiring experts, such as operations managers, to oversee ‘talent management,’ which essentially means supporting the staffers who support schools.”

Now we’re getting somewhere.  But it gets better:

“Nearly $6 million in funding is also earmarked for hiring external consultants to analyze, strategize and design several of the new initiatives.”

Words fail us.  But they do not fail Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers, who weighs in with some refreshing candor:

“I don’t see anything here that’s for kids.”

Maybe that’s because it’s not about the kids, and never was.