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Heastie & Co.’s latest outrageous anti-kid trick

In a clear test for Gov. Kathy Hochul, Legislative leaders are defying her call to restore mayoral control of New York City’s public school system as part of this month’s budget package.

This is a huge slap in the face to students and parents who deserve reassurance on this front after two years of COVID madness. Nobody can seriously want to let go of control, as will be the case in June. That would restore the old, hyper-dysfunctional Board of Education—and leave a void at the same time nobody responsible.

That means it would leave the city’s schools at the mercy of an “independent” body, like in San Francisco — where ideologues and special interests kept schools closed much, much longer than in the city.

The mayor’s scrutiny gives decision-making authority to someone who actually listens to parents: Even Bill de Blasio got the school’s reopening largely right.

The Stone Wall is also a blatant attempt to paralyze Mayor Eric Adams – forcing him to champion what should be automatic, further marginalizing his righteous urge for modest corrections the disastrous “reforms” of the criminal justice system by the legislature.

This makes it a double whammy for school children: not only does it put their future education in question, but it also increases the risks to their safety on the streets and subways in this current crime wave.

Villain #1 appears to be Speaker of Parliament Carl Heastie, who (at the expense of the Bronx families he ostensibly represents) cunningly delays any confrontation about the no-bail law and whatnot.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​could plead ignorance about how outrageous this delay is given her district is in Westchester. But their No. 2, Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris, has no excuse: Joining the scandalous stone wall is an insult to his own constituents – who also overwhelmingly support Adams on crime.

In truth, mayoral control should be permanent: Forcing mayors to grovel for their renewal every few years is just a cruel power play by the legislature (and, before Hochul took over, the governor).

Hochul has already foolishly bowed to Heastie & Co. by fending off Adams’ requested corrections without bail etc. until the budget is ready. Having bagged that concession, the speaker crew is now asking for more.

The governor has to say it enoughrefuse to accept any budget that doesn’t extend mayoral control — standing by Adams and the city’s schoolchildren.

If she goes along with it, Heastie’s pirates will only make more outrageous demands.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/heastie-co-s-latest-outrageous-anti-kid-ploy/ Heastie & Co.’s latest outrageous anti-kid trick

JACLYN DIAZ

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