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Kathy Hochul signs legislation extending civic control of New York schools by two years

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law a two-year extension of mayoral control of public schools in New York City just before that power expired at midnight Friday morning.

“This system has shown its success, with expanded educational options for students and parents and improved academic outcomes,” Hochul said in a legislative note.

“Mayor [Eric] Adams has suggested improving the system and he should be given the same opportunity as his predecessors,” Hochul added.

The extension was a top priority for Adams, who endorsed Hochul for governor just before her landslide victory in the Democratic primary.

Sources say the mayor has been leaning on the governor to get concessions from state legislatures in exchange for signing off on the bill passed by the state legislature weeks ago.

Changes expected to be passed by the state Legislature early next year include postponing the expansion of the Education Policy Board from 15 to 23 members through Jan. 15, 2023 — an expansion reportedly backed by the city’s powerful teachers’ union becomes.

Hochul praised mayoral control and said so "expanded educational options for students and parents; and improved academic outcomes."
Hochul praised mayoral control, saying it has “expanded educational options for students and parents and improved academic outcomes.”
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“The bill required technical changes to ensure the city has adequate time to properly implement this expanded and inclusive governance model through the new Education Policy Board,” Hochul said in the memo.

The governor has yet to sign legislation that would require the city to reduce class sizes in city schools, which Adams said the city cannot do without permanent school budget cuts.

“We like the idea of ​​class size. We just have to do it right – that we don’t compromise our ability to ensure needy students in schools get the support they deserve,” Adams said Thursday.

Hochul argued that Mayor should be Eric Adams "given opportunity" to change the system as previous mayors had done.
Hochul argued that Mayor Eric Adams should be “given the opportunity” to change the system, as previous mayors had done.
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