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No deal on NYC schools as NY lawmakers eye adjournment

20 June 2017, 10:01 | Jan Cross

Hizzoner is getting little help from Democrats in Albany on extending mayoral control of schools

Hizzoner is getting little help from Democrats in Albany on extending mayoral control of schools

Reverting to the old system of local school boards would come at a huge price tag. Andrew Cuomo, back a multiyear extension. The governor has said he sees a real possibility that no deal will be struck and mayoral control will lapse. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx.

The state law giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control of his city's schools expires at the end of the month unless lawmakers vote to renew it. He said of the mayor's new homelessness plan, which calls for reducing shelter numbers by 2,500 over five years, "That's the same thing as saying he'll give up". He added, "We still have two days to get it done".

Democrats, including de Blasio, Assembly leaders and Gov. In a Monday conversation with Max & Murphy, he said de Blasio is a "corrupt" and "reactive" "ideologue" and "extremist" who is nothing short of a "failed manager".

One complicating factor is that the Legislature does not have major priorities of its own that might be used as leverage.

With the session set to end Wednesday lawmakers are now discussing the possibility of reconvening later this year to resolve the stalemate. Mayoral control lapsed briefly in 2009 for Mr. Bloomberg, who was on good terms with the State Senate, but it was quickly reinstated.

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At a City Hall rally, de Blasio claimed he's done everything he can to accommodate charters and offered to "sit down anytime, anywhere" for "a constructive dialogue about how we can work with charter schools and with parents who are in charter schools". Currently, there's room for 23 new charters in the city.

The usefulness of a visit to Albany by Mr.de Blasio is another matter.

Flanagan said he would speak to de Blasio Monday night by telephone.

"We are going to stay focused on extending mayoral control and increasing opportunities so every child can receive a first-class education and follow their dreams", said Flanagan spokesman Scott Reif. "We're going to fight back".

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