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DOE chief David Banks makes eleventh-hour plea for NYC mayoral control

Chancellor David Banks desires you to know he received’t be like different college bosses if mayoral management is prolonged.

Banks made an eleventh-hour pitch at a legislative breakfast Friday for a measure that permits for mayoral management over town’s public colleges to be prolonged, vowing his method would contain dad or mum voices’ in decision-making.

“Mayoral management is what’s written up within the laws, however no person desires to be ‘managed,’” Banks instructed key lawmakers, together with State Sen. John Liu, who heads New York Metropolis training committee, and dad or mum leaders in attendance.

Banks joined Mayor Eric Adams and a staff of Metropolis Corridor staffers in Albany to foyer for the extension this week, because the measure is slated to run out subsequent month.

“We heard from so many legislators totally different tales, totally different anecdotes,” he stated of the journey. “Nevertheless it all stored coming again to the identical factor — a scarcity of communication, a scarcity of respect, not having a voice, not having a seat on the desk.”

That form of parental involvement has been a sticking level for some lawmakers and advocates in the course of the negotiations, The Publish has reported. Nonetheless on the desk upstate are proposals so as to add extra dad or mum illustration to town’s Panel for Academic Coverage (PEP), its pseudo-school board.

State Sen. John Liu
State Sen. John Liu stated he’s striving to get “some dad or mum voices” into the Division of Training.
Hans Pennink

Banks promised to have interaction dad and mom by means of teams just like the Citywide Council on Excessive Colleges, which hosted the occasion, and the parent-led Neighborhood Training Councils in every district — not make choices on his personal, “after which folks ask the dad and mom to return in and stand with them as a photograph op,” he stated.

“I can say I’m the Chancellor, and I can stroll round like I’m all that — however you possibly can solely transfer the system however a lot should you assume it’s about one man, one individual, one mayor.”

Liu, who alongside different lawmakers is main the negotiations, instructed The Publish the vast majority of members on the PEP ought to nonetheless be made up of Adams’ appointees, however he desires to offer dad and mom a “far more significant” mechanism for enter and to get responses from the Division of Training.

Mayor Eric Adams greets 5th grade students.
Mayor Eric Adams admitted in a press convention that he has “no energy over” Albany’s last choice over mayoral management.
Robert Miller

“There have been some dad or mum voices that haven’t been heard,” Liu stated.

Adams, too, weighed in at an unrelated press convention in Brooklyn on Friday, saying he has to “run town primarily based on what comes out of Albany.”

“They make a dedication. I’ve no energy over what their last dedication is,” he stated. “I used to be up there. We introduced, I introduced my staff up there. We offered a great product.”

Further reporting by Bernadette Hogan

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