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.
Choosing the Direction of New York City Schools
Friday, February 06, 2009
New York, NY —
Once again, parents packed a state assembly hearing on whether the mayor should retain control of the city's schools.
About 200 people crowded into a hearing room in Lower Manhattan. Some critics want to reduce the number of mayoral appointees to an educational policy panel, reducing the mayor's majority.
Brooklyn Assemblyman James Brennan asked Schools Chancellor Joel Klein about that.
BRENNAN: Do you foresee some major cataclysm if you have to persuade two additional people of the wisdom of a particular policy?
KLEIN: Not if the mayor has a majority, no.
REPORTER: Klein says mayoral control is needed to ensure that all schools get equal treatment, and to prevent special interests from dominating the system.
The state law granting mayoral control expires in June.