New Yorkers testify in city's first mayoral control hearing

The city held its first of five public hearings on Tuesday, allowing New Yorkers to weigh in on whether the mayor should remain in control of New York City public schools.
Students, parents, staff and anyone interested in the future of the city's education system came together at Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bedford Park neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday to share their opinion on the current structure.
Mayor Eric Adams oversees choosing the school's chancellor and appointing most of the people that make up the city's Education Policy Panel, responsible for education proposals and contracts.
This has been the case for the past two decades but has been a topic of disagreement for many of those years. Some support the current system and others say it gives the mayor too much control.
The mayor's current control deal is set to expire on June 30. Before he heads to Albany next year to renegotiate an extension of his power, the public is being asked to help state officials determine the success of the current plan by sharing their testimonies in all five boroughs.