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June 25, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Parent input, chancellor selection process at stake in mayoral control debate, legislator says

January 12, 2019
Sen. John Liu ( D-Queens), talks to Senate members on opening day of the 2019 legislative session in Albany on Wednesday. (Hans Pennink / AP)

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.

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“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 the 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 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 two-year extension of mayoral control of schools. Each year prior, they only gave him one-year terms.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pictured at New York City Hall in Manhattan in June.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is pictured at New York City Hall in Manhattan in June. (Anthony DelMundo / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

De Blasio has argued that mayoral control should be made permanent.

“I wouldn’t envision going back to the pre-2002 days,” Liu said referring to when control of city schools resided with 32 local school boards. “[But] I absolutely don’t think mayoral control should be extended, as is, indefinitely.”

Liu is particularly concerned about the city Department of Education’s contracting procedures — which he described as a vestige of the first iteration of mayoral control from 2002 to 2009, when the city comptroller’s office did not have any say over the department’s contracts.

“The contracting process at the DOE remains subject to more improvement,” he said. “Some problems remain, and we’ll try to fix them.”

City Hall declined to directly address Liu’s remarks, but de Blasio spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg stressed the importance of mayoral control to de Blasio.

”Mayoral control is the reason why we have record high graduation rates and college enrollment, record low dropout rates and a Pre-K seat for every four-year old in New York City,” she said.

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