The state Senate Republicans have upped the stakes in their battle with Mayor Bill de Blasio by calling for a one year extension to the Mayor's control of the city schools but only with oversight from the governor.
This is from the Daily News:
In a shot directly at Mayor de Blasio, the state Senate Republicans on Friday quietly introduced a bill that would extend New York city mayoral control over the schools for just a year while at the same time giving the governor a role in how the city system is run.
The bill by the Senate GOP, which has been warring with de Blasio, would create a new position of New York City education inspector that would be appointed not by the mayor, but the governor, with consent from the Senate.
According to the bill, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Education Committee Chairman Carl Marcellino, the education inspector would provide "oversight, guidance, and technical assistance related to the educational and fiscal policies, practices, programs, and decisions of the city district, city board, chancellor and mayor."
If the UFT and NYSUT leadership were smart (they are not except when it comes to preserving their own power), they would call their friends in the state Assembly, who have already passed a three year extension of mayoral control, to tell them to just do nothing and let the law expire at the end of the month and go back to the old Board of Education.
There would then be two mayoral appointees on the Board and one from each of the borough presidents. School boards hiring superintendents was taken away in the 1996 law which cut down on corruption so don't let anyone tell you that we would be going back to a more corrupt system. The current governance structure with its almost complete lack of accountability is very dirty. Having Governor Cuomo involved would not improve anything.