Local officials demand less mayoral control on education
by Chase Collum
Oct 23, 2013 | 464 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New York State Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Bill Perkins, as well as Assemblyman David Werpin, called for a reigning in Mayoral power, and the establishment of additional checks and balances to the NYC Board of Education.

The hearing took place at Founders Hall of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights earlier this month on Oct. 8.

Santos Crespo, Jr., the president of DC37 Local 372, along with more than 30 concerned citizens from all five boroughs gave testimony at the hearing.

“Parents have, and will always continue to be the linchpin to a good educational system,” said Crespo, Jr. “Part of the reason Bloomberg's educational policy failed is because he completely ignored parents.”

Originally proposed on January 9, 2013, bills from the State Senate and the Assembly call for the appointment of five members, one of which has a child in the New York public school system.

According to NYC Councilman and chair of the committee on education Robert Jackson, the Council's working group found several issues with total mayoral control, including, “a lack of transparency, lack of accountability, lack of checks and balances and a lack of parent and community environment.”

“As the son of a teacher, I remain committed to ensuring our children receive a quality education,” said Assemblyman Werpin. “Under mayoral control, we have seen far too many schools experience co-locations and close down that ultimately has led to a spiral of academic decline for the public school system.”

The Bushwick school, located at 207 Bushwick Ave., is facing the co-location of another third school into its facility. The building already houses P.S. 196 and M.S. 582, with 650 combined students.

The NYC Department of Education believes the school may be capable of holding 1,000 students.

A hearing was held on Monday Oct. 21 at the school building to discuss the issue with the general public.

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