Albany grants Eric Adams only two years of mayoral control

And then there were two more.

Albany lawmakers have shortened an extension of control of the city’s public schools to just two years for Mayor Eric Adams under a new bill introduced on Tuesday.

The seemingly pro-teacher union bill adds new controls to the mayor’s powers — including expanding the Education Policy Committee, the city’s pseudo-school board, to a whopping 23 voting members next school year.

Gov. Kathy Hochul originally proposed a four-year extension of Adams’ mayoral control with no changes to school governance structures.

The bill goes hand in hand with a bill to reduce class sizes citywide to under 25 students per class with exceptions. The Post previously reported that such a bill could be tied into the passing of legislation to control mayors.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul originally introduced a four-year extension.

Under the proposal, five of the PEP officers would continue to be appointed by district presidents.

Another five members, one from each district, would be elected by the parent-led Presidents of the Community Education Council to represent the interests of local families.

To retain the mayor’s supermajority, Adams would add 13 members to the board — out of nine, the current composition. Four of those members would have to be parents of public school students, including children with disabilities or English learners.

The bill comes with legislation to limit classroom size in New York City to 25 students or fewer.
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New York Mayor Eric Adams
The law would prevent New York City Mayor Eric Adams from firing members of the Education Policy Panel who vote against him.
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The current PEP has slots for 15 members, all of which have yet to be filled during Adams’ tenure. The mayor made his final appointment earlier this month — just as an appointment to borough president had to step down from her responsibilities on the board.

Members are appointed for one-year terms, and the new bill includes language protecting them from being removed from their post for voting against the mayor or borough president who appointed them.

In previous governments, mayors had—and sometimes did—the power to remove appointments that had voted against their policies.

The changes also add the City Examiner, currently Brad Lander, as a non-voting member of the Board of Education.

Also under the bill, the chancellor is charged with establishing a process for parent-led council presidents to elect and remove members or fill vacancies in the PEP. Their terms begin in the summer for one-year terms.

Newly appointed and elected members must complete training on the management of city funds and the powers and responsibilities of the board. Albany grants Eric Adams only two years of mayoral control


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