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June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
March 14, 2017
Assembly budget invests in college tuition, rejects governor’s ‘repeal’ of foundation aid
The Democrat-controlled Assembly made its education positions known on Monday night when it released its budget bill.
March 10, 2016
Assembly budget adds $2 billion in education spending; would boost SHSAT tutoring
This year’s Assembly budget proposal would increase education spending and add funding to promote diversity at New York City’s specialized high schools.
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January 6, 2016
Speaker Heastie kicks off 2016 session with education wish list, heavy on funding hikes
The 2016 state legislative session kicked off Wednesday with Assembly speaker Carl Heastie outlining his legislative wish list.
who rules the schools
June 25, 2015
As lawmakers near a deal, Heastie says de Blasio ‘OK with’ short mayoral control extension
"He says we’ll live to fight another day,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters, referring to de Blasio.
aint over til its over
June 25, 2015
More than a day after ‘framework’ agreement, questions remain on education issues
Details of the changes coming to the charter-school law, mayoral control, and teacher evaluations remain unresolved.
June 20, 2015
Assembly members float alternative to tax credits for private schools
Meanwhile, the legislative session was extended until at least June 23, and lawmakers have come to no resolution on a host of outstanding education issues.
down to the wire
June 15, 2015
With clock ticking, mayoral control debate recedes for now
With just days left in the legislative session, renewing mayoral control and lifting the cap on charter schools seem like distant priorities in negotiations in the state legislature.
May 14, 2015
Cuomo’s three-year mayoral control extension gains steam with Assembly support
Assembly bill to extend mayoral control by three years signals uncertainty over city’s school governance could get settled soon.
the speaker speaks
March 4, 2015
Speaker Heastie to teachers: ‘We’re in a very, very tough situation’
Newly minted Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told city teachers earlier this month that he was prepared to be their advocate in upcoming budget negotiations.
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February 5, 2015
The Bronx factor: What Speaker Carl Heastie’s rise means for education
The northeast Bronx legislator, elected to the assembly’s top position by his peers this week, is entering the fray at a critical moment for public education.
May 18, 2009
As Albany huddles, a rally against "rubber stamp" school board
In the debate over the future of mayoral control, one sticking point has been the proper role of the city school board, currently known as the Panel for Educational Policy. Today, a coalition pushing for significant changes to mayoral control is taking its PEP recommendations to the panel's front steps, at the same that state lawmakers are powwowing in Albany about the panel's future. Advocates for checks on the mayor's power say that the system needs an independent school board whose members can freely vote against mayoral proposals when appropriate. But Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have said that changing the composition of the PEP would introduce policy gridlock and undermine the mayor's accountability on education matters. The Campaign for Better Schools, a coalition of community groups, is calling on state legislators to change the panel's composition so that the mayor no longer controls a majority of seats. Campaign members are planning to rally in support of that position at 5:30 p.m. today outside Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan, where the PEP is holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. "We want to highlight the fact that the PEP is simply just a rubber stamp for the policies of the mayor," said Shomwa Shamapande, a campaign spokesman. About 200 campaign members are expected to protest before the meeting, then enter Stuyvesant's auditorium for the meeting itself, he said. By tonight, it's possible that a deal will have been struck about the future of the PEP.
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