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De Blasio offered deal to extend mayoral control over schools

State Sen. Majority Leader John Flanagan has offered to extend Mayor de Blasio’s control of New York City public schools for five years — but with a catch.

In return for the lengthy extension, Flanagan asked the mayor to support tax credits for private and parochial schools, which are opposed by teacher unions loyal to de Blasio.

Flanagan also wants the charter school cap lifted by 50 to 510. Legislation he introduced Monday would also restore another 20 unused charters to increase the statewide cap even higher.

Forty-percent of the state’s available charter licenses would go to the city.

“We are advancing our agenda and have given the Assembly a number of options,” said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif. “They are free to take up whatever they like.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie called the proposal a “non-starter.”

The Assembly last month passed its own bill extending mayoral control by two years.

Flanagan and de Blasio have been bickering for weeks over meeting a state requirement to detail how New York City spends state education money.

Reif claimed that the mayor “dragged his feet” before submitting the information in the format required by the state.

“The Mayor hasn’t been to Albany to make his case and he hasn’t reached out to us a single time to discuss this important issue,” he said.

“If he really thought this was ‘politics at its worst,’ you would think he could find the time to pick up the phone and call. Once again, Mayor de Blasio has fallen far short of being the leader parents and students deserve.”

Sources said that de Blasio’s previous visits to Albany resulted in little but humiliation and a one-year extension of mayoral control and he’s likely to get another single-year extension without going through that hassle again.

Freddi Goldstein, a de Blasio spokeswoman, said the fact that Flanagan offered a five-year deal is a “clear admission” from the Senate that mayoral control works.

“Mayoral control is a proven governance model that shouldn’t be held hostage to political horse-trading,” she added.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/06/05/de-blasio-offered-deal-to-extend-mayoral-control-over-schools/

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