Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Comptroller Supports Mayoral Control of Schools
Friday, March 20, 2009
New York, NY —
City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he supports keeping mayoral control of the schools when the law expires in June. But at the last in a series of hearings on the matter by the assembly's education committee, Thompson called for changing the selection process for members of the existing panel for education policy. Thompson -- who's planning to run against Bloomberg this year -- said whoever is mayor would still pick the panel members. But they'd be screened in advance by a 19-member body.
THOMPSON: I think the mayor can accomplish that, I know I would be able to. It is not unwieldy. It is something that can be done in a limited period of time. What it says is you're looking to draw from a wide range of individuals.
Thompson was a member of the old Board of Education, which existed before the state granted control of the school system to Mayor Bloomberg. The mayor has repeatedly attacked Thompson's record. But Thompson says he was part of the effort to change the old system.