As the date nears for the state legislature to decide on renewing mayoral control over public schools, city leaders are putting in their two cents. City Comptroller William Thompson - a Democrat running for mayor - released a report today titled "Powerless Parents," accusing the DOE of leaving parents out of the decision making process.
In a similar spirit, City Councilman Bill DeBlasio, who's running for public advocate, is asking the state lawmakers to ensure a new "Public School Parents' Bill of Rights" if they re-authorize mayoral control over schools.
Mayor Bloomberg opposes any effort to water down the law. He says it's led to higher test scores and greater accountability in city schools.