“Every part of this is another reason why this is incredibly stupid,” said Micah Lasher, recently a top aide to Gov. Kathy Hochul and now a candidate for the state Assembly who lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Lasher, who is close to Adams’ rival Scott Stringer, said two of his three children attend public schools and had difficulty logging in this morning. “No one likes this. No one involved in this gets anything but frustration,” he said. “I think that’s true for teachers, I think that’s true for principals and it’s certainly true for families.”

When faced with complaints about the implementation, Adams tried to redirect responsibility with a simple message: blame IBM, the computing giant that provides an essential component of the remote learning system.

“They should have been prepared. And his lack of preparation falls on the mayor of New York City,” Adams said during a press conference Tuesday. “It’s my responsibility to deliver the service we expect… and part of that responsibility is to go back and review what IBM did wrong. If there is something we can do better, we will do it better too.”

David Banks, the city schools chancellor, was more direct.

“IBM wasn’t ready for prime time and that’s what happened here,” Banks charged at the same news conference, although he was unwilling to say whether the city would cancel its contract with the company. “I was very upset to hear this morning that they weren’t ready.”

The technology company appeared to acknowledge its role in the error.

“IBM has been working closely with New York City schools to address this situation as quickly as possible,” an IBM spokesperson said in a statement. “The issues have largely been resolved and we regret the inconvenience to students and parents across the city.”

City officials said New York City had received between 3 and 4 inches of snow, which legions of sanitation trucks had been removing since the morning. But any success the council had on the clean-up front was quickly overshadowed by problems in the schools.

Just before 8 a.m., the Department of Education began hearing that parents and students were having difficulty logging in, Banks said. Parents received a “service unavailable” message when they tried to log in to various platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom, according to a screenshot provided to POLITICO.

As Banks and Adams briefed reporters on the storm and the city’s efforts to get students online, login numbers spiked. And as of Tuesday afternoon, more than 1 million students and staff were online, according to Banks.

“It wasn’t a wasted day, but it was a frustrating day for a lot of parents and that’s unacceptable to me,” he said, referring to a backup plan built into messages to students and parents so that students could still work on their assignments. “I want to apologize to all the parents and families across the city… This was an ordeal. “I don’t think we passed this test.”

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, former Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that snow days became “a thing of the past” and that students would instead learn virtually during inclement weather. But Tuesday’s technical issue is a blow to Adams and Banks, who insisted before the winter snowstorm that schools were prepared to move to online instruction despite calls from parents to give them the children on a snow day.

Adams and Banks announced that Tuesday it would be a “synchronous” school day whereby students appear online with their teacher. And the mayor vehemently dismissed criticism from parents who said they were struggling with remote learning.

“On snow days, my mom had to walk us to school with her arthritic knees,” Adams told reporters during a blizzard briefing Tuesday. “If you’re a parent and you’re not willing to use a computer for your child, that’s a sad comment.”

On Tuesday, Adams doubled down on those comments, saying students need to catch up after pandemic-related learning loss. Her team also noted that the DOE recently Several school holidays have been added for this school year.which has left the city with less room to maneuver to meet the state requirement that schools provide a minimum of 180 days of instruction.

“I see a lot of people who supported the holiday extension criticizing the mayor and the DOE for making today a remote day instead of closing schools,” tweeted Jon Paul Lupo, a senior adviser to de Blasio, who instituted the school holidays. for the two Muslim Eids. holidays and the Asian Lunar New Year. “We all knew that decisions like this would have to be made. Fortunately, remote control is now an option and we can do what is safe without losing money.”

By Sam