De Blasio's pushback on charter schools may cost him control
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 1:08
"If we are going to do what's best for the children, someone has to be accountable", said Fariña, who was appointed in 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. The measure will sunset on July 1 unless lawmakers act.
But with the law granting mayoral control over city schools set to expire at midnight on June 30 - and Albany's legislative session ending on Wednesday - Hizzoner faced the prospect of a crushing defeat that he has said would return "chaos" and "corruption" to education in the city.
The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to wrap up their annual session Wednesday.
"The city of NY can be a world capital of cyber", said the Office Security Scorecard security clearance of the Internet security company of two employees in more than 100 has increased over the past three years.
But those in New York City, including critics of de Blasio, urged Flanagan to extend the law.
He accused Republicans of using children as "political pawns" in the charter debate.
Fariña spoke in the state capital as de Blasio convened a conference call with one of former president Barack Obama's education secretaries, Arne Duncan, who said, "there's got to be some compromise".
"As parents, we're anxious", said Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Last month, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said that the expansion of charter schools would be a main factor to determine whether he would reauthorize the current system.
Fariña said the city is considering expensive contingency plans if state lawmakers fail to extend mayoral control of schools. "There is a strong consensus that this is the only governance system that works", De Blasio said.
He also said losing control of the school system could mean the end of his popular "pre-K for all" program.
"If we were to lose mayoral control in NY for whatever reason, I think it's unquestionable that harm would be done to children", said Duncan, but he acknowledged he wasn't familiar with the specifics of what State Senate leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) wants.
"I know there are deep-seated concerns of the current administration of the city of NY", he said shortly before a vote was taken on his bills. "If not, we'll meet you in the street, we'll meet you in your districts".