Tug of war over Blaz ed. con­trol

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY MICHAEL GARTLAND

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.

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