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Law Proposes More Oversight of Education Department

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two state lawmakers from New York City are introducing a bill that would subject the Department of Education to more scrutiny. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman says the legislation he co-sponsored with Assemblyman Daniel Squadron addresses a gray area that came about when the mayor was put in charge of the schools.

LANCMAN: Most agencies, all agencies of the city, have to follow the city's procurement rules but the Department of Education does not and that's why you see hundreds of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts.

Lancman says the Education Department's budget and the siting of new schools would also get more community oversight. The New York Civil Liberties Union supports the legislation.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bloomberg says City Hall favors greater accountability and transparency, and is reviewing various proposals having to do with oversight, but remains committed to mayoral control.

The 2002 law granting Bloomberg control expires at the end of June without state renewal.

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