Thursday, April 06, 2017


The Daily News reported that there is pretty much a deal in Albany to give Mayor Bill de Blasio yet another one year extension of mayoral control of the schools.

Prior to the breakdown in [budget] talks, lawmakers had already agreed on a proposal that would grant Mayor de Blasio a one-year extension of the law giving him control over the city schools, which was set to expire in June.

Politico New York also reported on the deal:

State legislators are expected to include a one-year extension of Mayor Bill de Blasio's control over New York City schools into the late budget deal, city and state officials said Wednesday.

Later they add:

But the late addition of an extension, quietly inserted into a chaotic budget process, may save City Hall some embarrassment in the long run.

For the last two years, Senate Republicans have used the debate over renewing mayoral control as a months-long — and largely unfavorable — referendum on de Blasio's education agenda.

In turn, de Blasio and his allies have accused Republicans, most of whom do not represent New York City, of naked political calculation at the expense of students.

Now, both the Senate Republicans and de Blasio will be able to skip over those uncomfortable negotiations entirely.

Note to the Legislators in Albany from a NYC teacher:

The schools in NYC are a mess in many ways. The increased high school graduation rate is based on virtually eliminating standards in many high schools. Money from Albany doesn't get to the classroom in too many schools.

Doesn't anyone up in Albany see that virtually nobody would shed a tear if Mayor de Blasio lost control of the schools and Chancellor Farina was sent back into retirement? Mayoral control is a disaster. Does anyone up there read a newspaper or a blog?

Some politicians do understand what is going on as there is a bill in the State Legislature in Albany (S 3730) (A6440) to change the makeup of the 13 member Board of Education (known unofficially as the Panel for Education Policy) by taking away four appointees to the Board of Education from the Mayor's current total of eight and giving those four appointees to the City Council.

I would support that bill as a necessary huge step in the right direction as it would take away the Mayor's majority over the Board and allow the Board of Education, not the Mayor, to appoint the Chancellor. This surely would limit the mayor's power over education. That would surely be an improvement.

Here is the Senate's rationale:

To distribute the appointing authority of the board of education of
the city school district of New York City among each borough
president, city council, and mayor of NYC, to give parents and
education professionals a greater voice in the process, and to grant
the authority to appoint the city school district chancellor to the
board of education.

This would seem to make sense to anyone following education news over the last fifteen years.

However, I don't see the UFT using its lobbying voice to push this bill up in Albany.


Anonymous said...

No more mayoral conntrol? But this is a good kid...
Police arrested a teenage gunman in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Brooklyn.

Zidon Clarke, 17, was busted for shooting Rohan Levy in the back of the head near his home in East Flatbush around 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20, police said.

Levy and his friends were standing on E. 55th St. near Lenox Road when Clarke jumped out of a gold Honda Accord and opened fire with a .380-caliber handgun, according to officials.

Clarke fired at least four shots, hitting Levy as he and his friends ran for cover. Levy was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he died three days later. A second victim, an 18-year-old friend of Levy’s, was hit in the leg and survived.

Cops said they believe the shooting was gang-related, though they said the shooting victims were not affiliated with any gangs. Clarke lived near Rohan in East Flatbush, but police said they did not know each other.

Clarke has six prior arrests, including three this year, according to officials.

He is charged with murder, assault and weapons possession in this case.

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James Eterno said...

What does this comment have to do with mayoral control? Nothing I can see.

Anonymous said...

A lot. It shows the type of teenage student we deal with on a daily basis. There is no punishment for this type of student due to the mayors liberal policies, which the uft has, since they have said nothing to fight against it, has endorsed. This puts the life in danger of every uft member, not to mention our sanity

Anonymous said...

Sexual assaults inside middle schools by middle schoolers is soaring. Drug sales in high schools, students and teachers fearful - all of it hidden. Yet we get another year of mayoral control?

waitingforsupport said...

Someone is reaching...Thank God we have a break.😉

Anonymous said...

Last night it was reported that mayoral control was pulled from the budget. It's 8am and still I don't believe a final budget has been passed so who knows what will actually be included.


James Eterno said...

Thanks Mary. We will keep watching.

James Eterno said...

So 9:42 Friday's answer is to get more justices like Neil Gorsuch to take away worker rights? Conservatives our friends? I don't think so.