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.
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.