State Legislature to vote on whether to extend Mayor Adams' control of NYC schools
The state Legislature is expected to vote Thursday on whether Mayor Eric Adams will continue to have mayoral control of New York City schools for another two years.
Mayoral control puts Adams in charge of what the public city school system needs and appoints people to operate the city schools.
The state Legislature has to vote whether to renew this after coming to an agreement on a two-year extension, two years short of the four years Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul asked for.
Adams touted mayoral control for successes, like expanding universal pre-K and increased graduation rates.
However, some local leaders, like former educator and now State Sen. Jabari Brisport believe mayoral control isn’t necessarily the way to go.
"There was a demand for a commission to be set up to examine a new form of governance and there's something with the commissioner of education who will examine the effectiveness of mayoral control," Brisport says.
"This is something that has nothing to do with one man or the person in the office. It has to do with the structure. The structure does not work," says Nequan McLean, president of the Education Council Consortium.
Brisport and McLean are not alone, with those thoughts.
The United Federation of Teachers says the Board of Education is out of touch with the needs to students and parents.
Asian Wave Alliance is also in opposition. It calls extending mayoral control a disregard to parents and students.