Choosing the Direction of New York City Schools

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.