It is not surprising news that Governor Kathy Hochul signed the mayoral control extension into law but not the bill to require NYC to lower class sizes. After Hochul’s easy win in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, it looks like she does not feel she has to be concerned about UFT support.
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill late Thursday that extends mayoral control of New York City schools for the next two years.
But her signature came with a tweak: The eight-member expansion of the city’s education panel, which was passed under the original bill, will be delayed by five months.
Mayoral control — which allows the mayor to choose the schools chancellor and appoint a majority of members to the city’s education panel — was set to expire at midnight Friday.
The bill, passed by New York lawmakers on June 3, needed the governor’s signature to become law.
Legislators passed the mayoral control bill earlier this month as part of a package deal with a separate bill that would force the city to lower class sizes across all grades. The class size bill passed nearly unanimously, but city officials and a budget watchdog have raised concerns that it’s going to be too costly to implement.
Hochul still hasn’t requested the class-size bill, angering some lawmakers, advocates and the city’s teachers union.
“We are calling on the governor to sign this legislation now,” Michael Mulgrew, president of the teachers union, said in a statement Friday morning. “Our students can’t wait.”
Hochul is probably in total panic after reading that statement. Then again, she is more likely to be laughing out loud.
The UFT needed to lobby and put real public pressure on before Hochul won the primary, not after. The UFT could have made any UFT support for a NYSUT endorsement conditional upon Hochul supporting the lower class size legislation.
We did not and it is now a maybe or maybe not on whether she signs the lower class size bill. Will the Legislature then attempt to override her if she does not sign the class size bill into law? I doubt it.
What will the UFT then do? At most, a tweetstorm.