Today Baruch College in New York will host a panel discussion on mayoral control of NYC schools. Panelists are to include UFT President Randi Weingarten and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.
In NYC, mayoral control of schools began in 2002 under mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The law expires on June 30, and the New York State Legislature has been examining the success of the schools under Klein and considering amendments to the legislation.
Urban school districts across the country have looked to New York as an example, but the city is certainly not alone in the experiment. In 2007, Washington, DC mayor Adrian Fenty was given direct control of public schools and hand-picked Michelle Rhee to serve as superintendent. President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has been outspoken in his support for mayoral control – no surprise since he ran Chicago’s schools for seven years under mayor Richard Daley.
Coverage of NY State Senate hearings [New York Times, 5/05/09]
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