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Eric Adams calls on Hochul to increase the mayor’s control over schools

Mayor Eric Adams called on the Legislature to redeem Gov. Kathy Hochul Promise to expand the mayor’s controlwhich expires at the end of June for a further four years.

“We applaud Governor. [Kathy] Hochul for sending a loud and clear message that we must have mayoral accountability for four years, and that should be included in the budget,” he said at Bayside High School, the mayor’s alma mater.

“Every authority in our city, the mayor is responsible, you want to point out your mayor. So if the mayor is in charge of every agency that deals with the problems of adults, why shouldn’t the mayor be in charge of the agency that deals with the problems of our children?” Adams added. “We should be in control of the public school system, so vote us out if we fail.”

The motion comes after Hochul recommended a four-year extension of mayoral control of schools in January. Adams had asked the governor for a three-year renewal of mayoral control in her $216.3 billion budget proposal, but she said she would go for four to four show it’s more “collaborative” than the disgraced ex-government. Andrew Cuomo, she said during a January meeting with the Post editorial team.

Students enter PS122 without masks
Under the previous system, the seven members of the board of education elected the chancellor and were responsible for policy.
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Children with and without masks enter PS 122 in Astoria, Queens
Mayoral school control was originally championed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Adams’ predecessor, former Mayor Bill de Blasio, repeatedly lobbying for the expansion of mayoral control of the schools. 2017 de Blasio received mayoral control for two yearsand in 2019, he received an extension of three years until June 30, 2022 – a decision by Michael Mulgrew, leader of the powerful city teachers’ union, opposite.

Originally championed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, mayoral school oversight was approved by the state legislature in 2002 and renewed several times since.

The law abolished the old school board and gave the mayor the power to elect the school chancellor. The move also transformed the Ministry of Education into a municipal authority, abolishing the locally elected community school boards.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a campaign event
Gov. Kathy Hochul recommended a four-year extension of mayoral control of schools in January.
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NYC Mayor ERIC ADAMS has lunch at Ukrainian restaurant Veselka.  in the East Village, NYC.  March 7, 2022
Mayor Eric Adams had asked the governor for a three-year extension of mayoral control.
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Under the previous system, the seven members of the board of education – five appointed by the district presidents and two by the mayor – elected the chancellor and were responsible for policy.

During a meeting with the Post’s editorial team Monday, Adams praised Bloomberg for championing mayoral control of the Big Apple’s public schools.

“I have to take my hat off to him because he has a vision to understand that in a failing school governance system that really pits families against others – types of school against each other – the responsibility for raising our children must be brought under control by one person, that voters can refer to,” he said.

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The Chancellor of New York Schools, David Banks, called the agreement a “broken system” before mayoral scrutiny.
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Children without masks go to school in Astoria, Queens
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly advocated expanding civic control over schools.
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Schools Chancellor David Banks described the arrangement before the mayor’s control as a “broken system”.

“It was a system full of corruption,” he said during the meeting. “I think the accountability of the mayor, this new system was vastly superior to what we’ve seen in the past.”

“This is of crucial importance [mayor control is] in the budget, because with all the big plans we have for dramatic change, we can’t have any degree of uncertainty. It can’t be an open question,” Banks explained. “It shakes the whole system. which will push even more people out of the system. We can’t have that. We need clarity.”

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