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Educators Of Special Needs Students To Get Nearly $36 Million In Overtime Pay From DOE

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The New York City Department of Education has finished doling out a massive overtime payment.

More than 28,000 educators of special needs students are getting nearly $36 million in overtime.

They said as part of their jobs, they had to enter data into a computer system which was designed to replace paper records, but they said that the $80 million system was so slow, it unfairly added to their work day.

An arbitrator ruled that they deserved the overtime.

The DOE made the first installment a few weeks ago, giving about $2.5 million to occupational and physical therapists.

"Thousands of hours that teachers could have spent helping kids were wasted trying to get this boondoggle of a computer system to work," said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. "But just as CityTime cost the city millions of dollars year after year, until SESIS is fixed or scrapped, it will continue to be a money pit."

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