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Hearing on Mayoral Control Spans 7 Hours
Friday, January 30, 2009
New York, NY —
A public hearing on whether city schools should continue to be run by the mayor lasted almost eight hours in Queens yesterday. It was the first of five being held by the state assembly's Education Committee.
REPORTER: Queens Democrat Catherine Nolan, who chairs the committee says at least 45 people testified - and while they had different points of view she says there was a theme:
NOLAN: There's been some good, we didn't want the old system, we don't necessarily want to throw this out, but there has to be some changes.
REPORTER: Some of the groups want more parental input while others call for giving district offices more power over principals.
The state law giving Mayor Bloomberg control over the city's public schools was enacted in 2002 and is set to expire in June.
The next public hearing will be held in Manhattan next Friday.