Assembly Democrats have backed a three-year extension of mayoral control of New York City schools, disregarding Mayor de Blasio’s mismanaged budget and poor leadership skills. As a result, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref -Brooklyn, Staten Island) is introducing a bill requiring the Senate and Assembly Education Committees 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 public transparency into the city’s embattled department of education that has been the center of negative press relating to its Renewal Schools program, school disciplinary policies, lucrative contracts with high priced consultants and vendors, and lavish executive travel.
“It is unconscionable that we would extend Mayor de Blasio’s control of public schools without getting answers on major issues like the $750 million failed Renewal Schools fiasco, the planned changes to specialized schools, the destruction of school discipline, the DOE’s costly contracts with vendors and high-priced “consultants,” and lavish executive travel. Taxpayers deserve to know why, with a $32 billion budget, teachers lack supplies and some kids are still being taught in trailers. New York state is set to give the city another $11 billion for education and we have a fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers and a moral one to our children to ensure that the money is being spent properly. Gov. Cuomo and the lawmakers who support extending mayoral control without hearings are complicit in the deterioration of our public school system,” said Malliotakis.