Final Meeting on Mayoral Control of Schools

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hundreds of people are at a public school in Brooklyn testifying before state lawmakers on whether the mayor of New York should keep control of the city's schools.

Patricia Connelly and Ellen Raider of the parent commission think the mayor has too much power over school zoning and siting issues, and doesn't listen to communities.

Mayor Bloomberg is hoping the state will re-authorize the law it approved years ago before it expires in June. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, there are several other ideas out there.


Mark and Rochelle Sanders and other members of East Brooklyn congregations hold signs in support of mayoral control because they think their local schools have improved.


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Jul. 14 2009 07:50 AM

Mayoral control is a failure. The mayor has increased the already top-heavy Dept. of Education, in addition to opening new schools, each of which must have a principal thus making the schools themselves top heavy. Look deeper at the data he is producing and you'll find the real answers and failures of mayoral control. Mike Bloomberg does not put "Children First" he only puts himself first.

Jul. 01 2009 06:53 PM
Jules Margalit

Those who think schools have improved are deluded. Just walk into any number of schools like UNMS-a small school with chaos-CPEMS and many others-just made the chaos more focused and small-kids dont know any more than before this mayoral control

Mar. 25 2009 10:28 AM

When the Mayor and the government were not involved in our education system, NYC schools failed our students. To ensure education is a top priority, we must continue to make our leaders responsible for its success. People who believe the Mayor has too much control, are not considering the growing number of schools and students who succeeding.

Mar. 24 2009 10:56 AM

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