Saturday, April 08, 2017

STATE BUDGET DEAL DOES NOT INCLUDE MAYORAL CONTROL EXTENSION

There's a budget deal up in Albany. It appears an extension of mayoral control of the New York City schools will be dealt with in June or maybe our fifteen year nightmare in school governance will be allowed to expire in June. This is from Politico New York:

Mayoral control of New York City schools, at one point planned to be extended by a year, will now lapse at the end of June as scheduled.

I hope that isn't a misprint or inaccurate information.

The Post and Daily News editorial boards can blame the mayor for losing mayoral control but we know it is a system completely lacking in transparency that has led to bogus inflated high school graduation rates. Nobody else besides Bill de Blasio and maybe Michael Mulgrew and the education bureaucrats will be upset if school governance changes.

Here are some other details on the budget:

The budget will increase spending for K-12 public schools by $1.1 billion in the coming fiscal year, Cuomo said, and routes $700 million through the foundation aid formula. The budget also contains language raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, reviving the 421-a housing tax break, authorizing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to operate outside of New York City, spur municipal service consolidation and increase college tuition subsidies.

1 comment:

Diana Sparks said...

Well, it’s important to create an effective budget for the state of New York and it’s good to know that the educational sector receives the special attention. However, it’s not good that mayoral extension is not included in the plans. It’s important to pay special attention to public schools ad K-12 education. Quality and affordable education is very important for New York and it deserves getting a decent budget. If there will be not enough money, local government will not be able to use cash online until pay day to cover expenses.