Our Legislature is Holding New York Schoolchildren Hostage

It appears the Legislature succeeded, keeping the renewal of the mayor’s control of New York’s public schools out of this year’s budget, leaving the matter to the rest of the session in a juvenile slap in the face to Mayor Eric Adams. When will they stop playing with the children’s future?

Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul had been pushing for a four-year extension of the mayor’s control with the budget. It really is a no-brainer, because no one is seriously arguing that defaulting back to the city’s old, unaccountable school board would be an improvement — and any transition would leave the system in limbo. for weeks or even months.

Control must be permanent: The main hostility to the control of the mayor comes from the United Federation of Teachers, whose power flourished under the BOE. But the Legislature likes to make mayors grovel every few years to beg lawmakers to do the right thing and/or bribe the UFT with pay raises or other concessions to give its puppets the green light. of Albany.

This year, Adams has also angered leaders with his truth about the urgent need for fixes to their recent criminal justice reforms: They insist their work was near perfect and are annoyed by suggestions that it has opened the door. lead to increasing crime. (Spoiler: it does.)

Yes, the leaders of New York are so narrow-minded that they leave the fate of almost a million school children in limbo just to torture a mayor they deem arrogant and rude. We’d say it’s shameful, but they obviously have no shame.

New York Post

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