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No Deal Yet On Mayoral Control Of NYC Schools As State Legislature Set To Adjourn

No Deal Yet On Mayoral Control Of NYC Schools As State Legislature Set To Adjourn


MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE FEAT OF NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS. GOOD EVENING, I’M KRISTINE JOHNSON. WELCOME BACK TO THE BROADCAST. I’M CROSSING. WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY? STATE LAWMAKERS ARE STILL DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO EXTEND MAYORAL CONTROL. WITH MORE ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY, CBS 2 POLITICAL REPORTER MARCIA KRAMER IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM. Reporter: CHRIS, IT’S D- DAY, ZERO HOUR IN THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL OVER NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND MAYOR DE BLASIO HAS A SUCCINCT MESSAGE FOR STATEMENT LAWMAKERS. IT’S THREE WORDS: GET IT DONE. ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ Reporter: PRE-K STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL OF JOURNEYS IN BROOKLYN SERENADING MAYOR DE BLASIO WITH WORDS THE MAYOR DE BLASIO MAYOR HIMSELF COULD BE SING SOMETHING TO TODAY LAWMAKERS WHO HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION TODAY, THAT’S RIGHT TODAY, ON WHETHER TO EXTEND MAYORAL CONTROL OF THE SCHOOLS OR SEND THE CITY EDUCATION SYSTEM INTO CHAOS. THE MAYOR IN HYPERDRIVE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS. LOCK ‘EM IN A ROOM GET IT DONE. Reporter: TEAM DE BLASIO BREAKING OUT THE FORMER DEPUTY CHANCELLOR TO TELL US ABOUT HOW CORRUPT THE OLD BOARD WAS. IN CERTAINLY DISTRICTS THERE WAS A GOING RATE. YOU PAID $15,000 TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD AND YOU COULD BECOME AN ASSISTANTS PRINCIPAL. $30,000 FOR A PRINCIPAL JOB. Reporter: THE GOOD GOVERNMENT EXPERT. THIS IS A HEAD SCRATCHER. WHY ARE NOT OUR STATE LAWMAKERS GETTING BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS THAT’S EVER HAPPENED HERE IN NEW YORK CITY? Reporter: THE STICKING POINT IS CHARTER SCHOOLS. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER JOHN FLANAGAN WANTS EXTENDING MAYORAL CONTROL TIED TO AN AGREEMENT TO OPEN MORE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND AS HE TOLD ME HE DOESN’T THINK THE MAYOR HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE. DO YOU THINK THE MAYOR HAS BEEN OPENLY HOSTILE TO CHARTER SCHOOLS? ABSOLUTELY! NOT EVEN CLOSE. JUST LOOK AT COLOCATION. HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TURNED DOWN JUST ABOUT EVERY APPLICATION. THEY TREAT THEM AS IF THEY ARE SOME TYPE OF, YOU KNOW, THE QUINTESSENTIAL REDHEADED STEPCHILD. Reporter: HE CHARGES THAT YOUR ADMINISTRATION HAS TREATED CHARTER SCHOOLS, HIS QUOTE, NOT MINE, LIKE THE PROVERBIAL REDHEADED ORPHAN. WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT? I SAID TO LEADER FLANAGAN, IF YOU WANT TO SIT DOWN AND CHART OUT TOGETHER A VISION OF WHERE THINGS ARE GOING, I WELCOME THAT. BUT WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES THAT WERE SET OUT BY MY COLLEAGUES, TOO. IT’S OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. Reporter: WELL, I JUST GOT OUT THE PHONE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH OFFICIALS IN ALBANY AND WHILE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN GOING ON ALL DAY THERE’S SO FAR NO AGREEMENT. LAWMAKERS LEAVE WITHOUT A

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