Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is pleased to announce that after much advocacy the Assembly Committee on Education will be hosting a public hearing to discuss the overall effectiveness of mayoral control of the New York City School District. The Public Hearing will take place on Monday, December 16 at 11 a.m. in the Assembly Hearing Room located at 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York.

Since last year, Assemblywoman Malliotakis has been pushing for hearings regarding the oversight and governance of the New York City School District. In March of this year, Malliotakis penned an op-ed in the Staten Island Advance to push for public hearings prior to any vote to extend mayoral control. She also wrote a letter to the committee chair to again request these meetings. Malliotakis also introduced a bill (A.7470) that requires the Senate and Assembly Education Committees to conduct public hearings 30 days prior to votes by the Legislature to extend mayoral control in each of New York City’s five boroughs, further allowing accountability and public transparency into the city’s department of education.

The city’s department of education has been the center of ongoing negative press relating to the waste of $750 million for its Renewal program, controversial school disciplinary policies, lucrative contracts with high priced consultants and vendors and lavish executive travel. Malliotakis was also among those who successfully pushed back on Mayor de Blasio’s plans to dismantle specialized high schools and gifted and talented programs.

“As a new member of the Assembly Education Committee this year, the first thing I advocated for was hearings to bring oversight and accountability to the way the mayor has handled our education issues,” said Malliotakis. “Since day one, I have been out in front leading the fight for hearings on mayoral control—writing op-eds, drafting legislation and speaking about it on the floor during the budget process. So far, we have been successful in pushing back on Mayor de Blasio’s programs to standardize schools and close gifted and talented programs for our city’s brightest young minds. Yet critical questions still remain about inappropriate spending of precious education dollars, as well as the dismantling of school discipline under de Blasio. I made a point to have hearings on mayoral control because under de Blasio it has been terrible. Now that we have these hearings, I urge my constituents to speak out and to ensure that their taxpayer money is being spent properly. I thank the chairman of the committee for hearing the concerns that I and others on the committee have expressed and for holding these hearings. Now it is incumbent on the public to make their voices heard and to demand change in our public school system.”

Malliotakis is hopeful that they will have hearings in the other four boroughs; however she urges constituents who cannot attend in person to write to the Assembly Committee on Education at Room 513 — Capitol, Albany, New York 12248 or email testimony to Fletcher Whyland at [email protected]

The hearing is open to the public and provides an opportunity for those who are concerned about the way the mayor is running the school system to testify.