NY Dems present Adams with 3-year school control — with conditions

Mayor Eric Adams could get a three-year extension of mayoral control of the city’s public schools, with some controls on his power, according to a proposal presented to members of the assembly at a closed Democratic conference on Monday.

“The plan that we talked about spanned three years over the course of the presentation,” the chair of the assembly’s education committee, Michael Benedetto, told The Post.

“There were many [legislators] who found it ok, but also some who thought it was too long,” added Benedetto.

“Some of them suggested possible changes,” he said. “So for now it’s still in formation – but we’re getting closer.”

The interim win for Adams, whose original request was for three years, could mean an additional mayoral nomination for the education policy board — and maintain his plurality on the pseudo-school board, Benedetto said.

In turn, the new PEP would have 18 members under the plan, instead of the 15 allowed in its current structure. Other members could represent specific parental interests – for example, families of students with disabilities.

John Liu is on board with a plan to tie a smaller class size requirement into an expansion of mayoral control and limit classrooms for children in their lower 20s.
John Liu is on board with a plan to tie a smaller class size requirement into an expansion of mayoral control and limit classrooms for children in their lower 20s.
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A member could be a parent at a charter school, Benedetto said.

State Senator John Liu (D-Queens), chairman of the New York Upper House Education Committee, told The Post he would rather eliminate charter school from the assembly’s proposed plan, preferring instead a parent whose child is learning English as a second language.

He was also on board with a plan to tie a smaller class size requirement into an expansion of mayoral control and limit classrooms to children in their lower 20s.

Liu, who was at an event with Education Ministry officials on Friday, said he discusses the status of the negotiations “almost daily” with Adams and school chancellor David Banks.

“He would like to do it,” Liu said.

Mayor Eric Adams could get a three-year extension of mayoral control over NYC public schools.
Mayor Eric Adams could get a three-year extension of mayoral control over NYC public schools.
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The appointments would also have different time limits, the legislators agreed, the mayor decided.

Most of Adams’ picks would get two years — three appointees would get three years, including the charter school parent, and two appointees would stay on the board for four years, Benedetto said.

Term limits were introduced as a mechanism to prevent the mayor from removing members with whom he disagreed – a move Adam’s predecessors were known to use on dissenters.

In the long term, lawmakers could form an independent “review panel” that would have to report to state legislatures in two years’ time to assess how schools are doing under mayoral scrutiny.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/ny-dems-pitch-3-year-school-control-for-adams-with-strings-attached/ NY Dems present Adams with 3-year school control — with conditions

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