A Plan That Looks Familiar

City Comptroller Bill Thompson isn’t finished whacking the city’s Department of Education.

He released a letter earlier today essentially accusing one of the department’s high-priced private consultants, Alvarez and Marsal, of professional laziness for creating a plan for city schools that looks eerily similar to the one they created for hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.

That’s problematic because, as Thompson notes:

“The glaring dissimilarity, however, is that the New Orleans public school system has a student population of 26,000 as opposed to the 1.1 million New York children in public schools.

“Whether the New Orleans plan is scalable to work in New York and whether it is appropriate to implement the plan without public recognition of its origin is questionable. If A&M is profiting from marketing as its own the plan of others, then that also leaves much to be desired.”

The full letter is here [pdf].

– Azi Paybarah