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Governor signs off on mayoral control of schools

But not on smaller class sizes

Posted 7/8/22
Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation June 30 granting Mayor Eric Adams control over city public schools for two more years — but the union representing teachers lamented that the governor failed to sign off on a separate bill to limit class sizes.

Although state legislators passed the mayoral control bill on June 3, Hochul did not approve the extension until just hours before mayoral control was set to expire. If mayoral control had lapsed, oversight of schools would revert to the previous controversial system of 32 community school boards and the citywide Board of Education. Mayoral control was established by the state in 2002.

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