State Assembly Holds Final Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hundreds of parents and community leaders turned out for the last state Assembly hearing about mayoral control over city schools. The law that gives Mayor Bloomberg control is up for renewal in June. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Patricia Connelly, of a group called the Parent Commission, told lawmakers the Department of Education routinely makes decisions about opening and closing schools without community involvement.

CONNELLY: The parent commission rejects the condescending autocracy that currently masquerades as parent engagement.

REPORTER: Connelly's group called for a partnership with the mayor, by diluting his power over an existing panel on education policy. But Reverend David Brawley of the St. Paul Community Baptist Church said parents could have a bigger role with an independent advocacy and resource center, instead.

BRAWLEY: Don't be fooled. Opponents of mayoral control do not want to improve it but they want to regain lost power, patronage and positions.

REPORTER: Brawley was joined by scores of parents from East Brooklyn Congregations, who say they have more choices than they did before the mayor took charge, because of small schools and charter schools.

For WNYC, I'm Beth Fertig.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by