Mayoral Control of NYC Schools
Posted by Rachel
January 31, 2009, 5:24 am
There is perhaps nothing more controversial in the New York City education world than mayoral control over the city's public school system. The issue has been in the spotlight recently because the NY State Assembly is holding a series of 5 public hearings on mayoral control, one in each borough. The first, held at Queens Borough Hall, happened last Thursday, January 29th. Apparently the hearing lasted almost 8 hours!!
Here is the schedule of the other hearings.
Friday, February 6, 10:00 a.m.
Assembly Hearing Room
250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor
Thursday, February 12, 10:30 a.m.
College of Staten Island Center for the Arts, Williamson Theater
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 1P
Friday, March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Lehman College, Lovinger Theatre First Floor Speech and Theater Building
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Friday, March 20, 10:00 a.m.
New York City Technical College
285 Jay Street
State legislators are not expected to begin debating the policy of mayoral control, which was established in 2002, until after the budget has passed. They must vote on reauthorization by June 30th, 2009. To read opposing viewpoints on mayoral control, check out Learn NY (in favor of it) and Campaign for Better Schools and NYC Public School Parents (against it).