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John Liu: No More Rubber Stamp

John Liu: No More Rubber Stamp

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Published by Celeste Katz
A new report by the office of Comptroller John Liu recommends that all future New York City Schools Chancellors have substantial educational credentials.
A new report by the office of Comptroller John Liu recommends that all future New York City Schools Chancellors have substantial educational credentials.

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 JANUARY 2013
ReformingNew York CitysPanel forEducationalPolicy
 
 About the New York CityComptroller’s Ofce
The New York City Comptroller, an independentlyelected ofcial, is the Chie Financial Ofcer o the City o New York. The mission o the ofceis to ensure the fnancial health o New York Cityby advising the Mayor, the City Council, andthe public o the City’s fnancial condition. TheComptroller also makes recommendations onCity programs and operations, fscal policies, andfnancial transactions. In addition, the Comptrollermanages the assets o the fve New York CityPension Funds, perorms budgetary analysis,keeps the City’s accounts, audits City agencies,manages the City’s debt issuance, and registersproposed contracts. His ofce employs a workorceo more than 700 proessional sta members.These employees include accountants, attorneys,computer analysts, economists, engineers, budget,fnancial and investment analysts, claim specialists,and researchers, in addition to clerical andadministrative support sta.
 About BeyondHigh School NYC
Beyond High School NYC is a major initiativelaunched by Comptroller John C. Liu to increase theproportion o New Yorkers with higher educationto 60 percent by the year 2025 through strategicinvestments in public education.
Contents
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Introduction
4
The Current Panel or Educational Policy
5
Recommendations
12
Conclusion
13
Addendum
NO MORERUBBER STAMP:
Reorming New York CitysPanel or Educational Policy
 January 2013
Published by the New York CityComptroller’s Oce
 John C. Liu
Comptroller
First Deputy Comptroller
Ricardo Morales
Deputy Comptroller forPublic Affairs
Ari Honung
Chief Economist
Frank Braconi
Special Assistant for PublicAffairs
Jacqueline S. Gold
Director of Policy
Carolyn KaroRachel BardinDoug GiulianoTomas HuntManny KwanAndrew McWilliamSusan Scheer 
 
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NO MORE RUBBER STAMP:
REFORMING NEW YORK CITY’S PANEL FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICY 
JANUARY 2013
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu
 
NYC
Introduction
A Very Brief History of School Governance in New York City
Many people believe that mayoral control o the New York City school system is a deviation rom the norm. Inact, it is not. Throughout most o the City’s history, the mayor has appointed the majority or all o the centralBoard o Education. In the 1960s, the civil rights movement inspired high-prole mobilization or greatercommunity control over City schools, which opened the door or several “local control” pilot programs inselect New York City neighborhoods. In 1961, in response to public outcry over a pay-to-play scandal at thecentral oces o the Board o Education, the state legislature dissolved the board and required that MayorRobert Wagner appoint a nine-member board rom a pool o candidates nominated by a screening committee.The disarray at the central level, combined with signicant implementation problems with local control pilotprograms, led to high-prole civil unrest. Ultimately, this gave way to the 1969 decentralization law that createdan independent central Board o Education which oversaw thirty-two mostly autonomous community schooldistricts. The 30-plus year period that ollowed was actually the deviation rom New York City’s traditionalschool governance structure.
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The shit back occurred on June 12, 2002, when New York State Governor George Pataki signed a law transerringcontrol o the New York City public school system to newly-elected Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The return tomayoral control unolded in the context o public outcry over educational stagnation, local corruption andpatronage, and the emergence o a series o positive national stories o successul mayoral control governancemodels in American cities. Seven years later, in 2009, the New York State legislature rearmed mayoral control,with ew changes.
1 Ravitch, D., “A History o Public School Governance in New York City,” in
When Mayors Take Charge
, ed. Joseph P. Viteritti, Brookings Institute Press,2009.

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