Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
Second Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools
Friday, February 06, 2009
The second of five hearings on mayoral control is being heard by the State Assembly's Education Committee this morning at the State Office Building in Lower Manhattan. The state law putting the mayor in charge of schools expires in June.
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein testified for over three hours at today's session, where he was barraged with questions about more parental involvement and more independent appointees to an education policy panel controlled by the mayor. He insisted that mayoral control is essential for the department.