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Time’s Running Out for Albany to Correct Its Obscene Failure to Renew Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

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Time’s Running Out for Albany to Correct Its Obscene Failure to Renew Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

New York Post April 11, 2022
EducationPre K-12

New York’s Legislature must now move quickly to renew mayoral control of the city’s schools, and with minimal changes, if it hopes to preserve a system that’s been a marked improvement over its predecessors for the past 20 years. Albany’s failure this week to renew it in this year’s budget deal betrayed an obscene cynicism that needs to be overcome immediately.

And make no mistake: Adding “tweaks” to the system (that are really concessions to various interest groups — most notably, the powerful teachers union) would be a clear sign of disregard for the city’s schoolchildren. Similarly, to hold the renewal hostage in negotiations with the mayor on other policy issues would be politics at its worst.

Remember, the law giving city mayors control over schools is set to expire June 30.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Ray Domanico is a senior fellow and director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.

Photo by Lisa-Blue/iStock

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