More than 100 high-powered business leaders have signed onto a letter urging state lawmakers to extend Mayor de Blasio's control of the public schools, which is set to expire in June.
Signers of the letter include CITI group CEO Ellen Alemany, IAC Chairman Barry Diller, supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, Partnership for New York City CEO Kathryn Wylde, and many more.
The letter will be unveiled at a rally at City Hall Thursday in support of de Blasio's control of the school system, which de Blasio will attend himself.
The letter, sent on Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, argues for a multi-year extension of mayoral control for the city’s 1.1 million-student public school system.
“A quality education is the key to unlocking economic opportunity for the city’s residents,” states the letter, sent from Wylde’s Partnership for New York City to the state lawmakers.
“Mayoral accountability for management of the system is essential to achieving that objective,” it continues, citing gains in graduation rates and other measures of academic achievement under mayoral school control.
Mayoral control of the public schools was established by the state legislature in 2002, granting then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of the school system in a replacement of a board-based system of school governance that previously existed.
But mayoral control has also been criticized for leaving parents and educators out of the picture and the precise future of the law is uncertain.
The state legislature granted a two-year extension of de Blasio's control of the schools in 2017 and some lawmakers have signaled they may want to make some changes to the law.
Representatives for Stewart-Cousins and Heastie didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the letter.
Cuomo spox Dani Lever said Coumo is in favor of mayoral control.