This piece from New York State of Politics shows that the Republican controlled New York State Senate is playing hardball with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on extending mayoral control of New York City schools.
The GOP conference -- which has been at odds with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who in 2014 sought to flip the chamber to Democratic control -- rejected the extension "without prejudice" according to the resolution's language.
"Prior to granting any significant extension of this authority, the Senate believes public hearings should be held to assess the current structure and identify any possible areas of improvement including but not limited to creating heightened parental involvement in Community Education Councils and the Panel for Education Policy," the resolution states.
These senators worrying about parental involvement is beyond a joke.
The article notes that the GOP would not did not threaten this step when former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was funding their election campaigns but now it is a different story.
With that said, besides the mayor and Michael Mulgrew, would anyone shed a tear if mayoral control sunsets in June?
It's hard to see the Senate giving the power back to a combination of the Borough Presidents (5 appointees on the Board of Education) and the Mayor (2 appointees) but maybe the State Legislature does just that doing nothing, something they are quite adept at.