Mayor Eric Adams was expected to rally Monday morning to push state lawmakers to renew the policy, which gives City Hall the power to appoint the schools chancellor and most members of the decision-making Panel for Educational Policy. City Limits wants to hear from residents on what they think should be done.
On Monday morning, Mayor Eric Adams is expected to rally on the steps of City Hall, calling for state lawmakers in Albany to extend mayoral control of New York City schools for another four years.
New York City’s school system—the largest in the nation—has operated under mayoral control for two decades, granting the mayor the power to appoint and fire the schools chancellor as well as nine of the 15 members of the city’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), which approves major education decisions around school utilization and funding. Prior to the current system in 2002, those decisions fell to a seven-member Board of Education and 32 elected school boards across the city, a setup that Mayor Adams has described as “filled with patronage, corruption, infighting, failing our students.”
State legislators—who declined to include a renewal of mayoral control in the state budget approved last month, despite a push from Adams to do so—have until the end of June before the current policy expires. They can choose to extend mayoral control again (and if so, must decide for how long) or they can opt to reform the system, or replace it with something else.
City Limits has been speaking to parents, families, educators and other stakeholders in recent months about what they think should happen. We want to hear from you: Should mayor control be extended in its current form, and if so, why? If not, why, and what changes would you like to see the system incorporate instead?
Weigh in by completing the Google Form survey here, or by emailing reporting Julian Roberts-Grmela at email@example.com. You can read more of our reporting on the issue at the link below.