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Mayoral Control of Schools: Is It Working?

June 11, 2009 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

As the deadline nears for renewing the 2002 legislation that gave Mayor Bloomberg control of public schools, New Yorkers weigh in on whether the system should remain under the Panel for Educational Policy or be overhauled. In a discussion moderated by Baruch College Professor Doug Muzzio and led by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, the teachers union and city were in agreement. “The present structure is sound,” said Klein, cautioning against tweaking it. “We would undermine it and create divided authority.” United Federation of Teachers Vice President Michael Mulgrew said, “Not a single person (here) wants to go back to the old system…We want to move forward.”  The event was co-sponsored by Citizens Union and the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs.
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