Tug of war over Blaz ed. control
Mayor de Blasio might have to give a little to get a little when it comes to mayoral control of city schools.
Legislators are taking a hard look at changing how much control the mayor has over the Department of Education, said state Sen. John Liu, the chairman of the Senate’s New York City education subcommittee.
“We might look at the selection process for the chancellor and PEP [Panel for Education Policy] members,” Liu told the Daily News. “Parental input, or lack thereof, is a concern that has been voiced over and over.”
Liu (D-Queens) was city controller from 2010 to 2013 and ran against de Blasio for mayor in 2013.
Mayoral control would be a “front and center” priority of his subcommittee, Liu (photo) said Friday.
It is also likely to be a priority of de Blasio before the current law giving him control of city schools expires in June.
De Blasio has famously battled with Gov. Cuomo on the issue. In 2017, Cuomo and state legislators granted de Blasio a twoyear extension of mayoral control of schools. Each year prior, they only gave him one-year terms.
De Blasio has argued that mayoral control should be made permanent.