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Watchdog: City Is Spending Too Much Money On Substitute Teachers

June 14, 2018 - 11:57 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The City Department of Education has what's called an 'absent teacher reserve' which consists of teachers working as substitutes.

Ana Champeny of the Citizens Budget Commission tells 1010 WINS it's incredibly expensive.

"This year the city is spending $136 million on salaries for teachers in the pool this is still a substantial expense given that they are not permanently teaching," she said.

She said a study found that despite a pledge by Mayor Bill de Blasio to overhaul the system, the reserve topped 1,200 teachers at the start of the current school year.

Champeny said the commission is recommending the mayor address the matter in upcoming negotiations on a new teachers contract.