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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Will The Charter Cap Get An Increase In The Waning Days Of The Legislative Session?

Senate Majorty Leader Dean Skelos has been arrested on six criminal counts and support for his remaining in the majority leader position is cratering but that hasn't stopped Skelos from listing his priorities for the rest of the legislative session:

Skelos reiterated his support for a permanent cap on property taxes and noted the chamber will debate an extension of mayoral control of New York City schools, saying it should “not be renewed as it is.”
 
Skelos also pushed for the education investment tax credit as well as to finish the remaining agreed-upon measures in the Women’s Equality Agenda.

He expressed concern with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s creation of a wage board to increase the state minimum wage for fast-food workers.

My guess is, charter proponents will look to link extension of mayoral control (something Mayor de Blasio wants) to a charter cap increase (something Mayor de Blasio doesn't want.)

So even though Skelos didn't directly mention a charter cap increase, it's implicit in the part of the statement about NYC mayoral control only getting an extension with revisions.

I can't imagine, even during a legislative session that has seen heads of both legislative houses arrested on criminal charges, that the charter school operators won't put the squeeze on legislators to make sure that they're taken care of before the end of the session.

11 comments:

  1. Mayor de Blasio should not sell his soul to extend mayoral control. I would hold a press conference and explain why such an extension makes sense. Then I would like crooks like Skelos do whatever they want and let him own it, just like he owns (along with Flanagan) the Endless Testing regime, the mess they have made of teacher evaluations, etc. This is a gang that couldn't pick a winner in a one horse race.

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    1. De Blasio's not having a good couple of weeks - polls are bad, he still can't get the $%^& out of bed and get to his meetings/appearances on time, and he just gave an interview to Rolling Stone where he bragged about himself and hammered Rudy and Mikey. Frankly, I'm not impressed.

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  2. Even without Skelos and Silver , the legislature is filled with criminal politicians willing to play for pay.

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  3. Mayoral control is no substitute. Community Control is needed.

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    1. You'll get no argument from me on that. I'm just writing about the politics around the issue.

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  4. DeB should take a 3 year extension of mayoral control since he won't have a 2nd term. People will actually vote next time. And the UFT will support him this time and lose again.

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