Bill de Blasio encourages lawmakers to extend mayoral control – New York News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday said an era of “corruption and chaos” awaits the city’s public school system if state lawmakers do not renew a law by Wednesday that grants his office control over city schools.


In a radio interview, a Brooklyn church appearance, and on Twitter, de Blasio urged the state Legislature to extend the so-called mayoral control law before the end of this year’s legislative session on Wednesday. The law, which gives the mayor oversight over the school system of 1.1 million students, is set to expire on July 1.

Speaking on “The Cats Roundtable,” a radio show on 970AM, de Blasio said he was “very concerned” that the Legislature had yet to approve an extension of the law which was first enacted in 2002, following a push by then-Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg at the time sought to overhaul what he described as a “broken” and inefficient system led by political appointees.

De Blasio said without an extension of the law New York City public schools will go back to being run by 32 community school boards.

“Unfortunately a lot of chaos went with that,” de Blasio told host John Catsimatidis of the old system. “A lot of corruption went with…

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