Private vs. Public Management

People often ask how we are able to manage parks in a quality manner at a much lower cost than public parks organizations.  Here is one of the reasons:

The NY Times has a surprisingly fair article this week about the near-impossibility of firing an NYC public school teacher:[I]n the two years since the Education Department began an intensive effort to root out such teachers from the more than 55,000 who have tenure, officials have managed to fire only three for incompetence. Ten others whom the department charged with incompetence settled their cases by resigning or retiring.

It’s not as though the city hasn’t tried.

The city’s effort includes eight full-time lawyers, known as the Teacher Performance Unit, and eight retired principals and administrators who serve as part-time consultants to help principals build cases against teachers. Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor, said that the team, whose annual budget is $1 million, had been “successful at a far too modest level.”

So it took 16 lawyers/administrators two years to get rid of 13 teachers. Practices that would immediately bankrupt a private company are considered normal for the public sector.

One Comment

  1. Roy:

    16 lawyers/administrators two years *and* two million bucks. Sort of makes the point. Except for those committed to idea gov’t always most effective means…or committed to ‘new math’.