HTC Joins Mayor Adams to Advocate for Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

May 23, 2022 3:13 PM

On May 9th, HTC joined Mayor Eric Adams on the steps of City Hall to urge state lawmakers to extend mayoral control of New York City public schools.

Mayoral control has been the norm in New York City since 2002 and has been responsible for initiatives such as Pre-K for all and has helped to increase graduation rates. If not extended by the state legislature, then 32 different school boards would take over control of public schools for the first time in 20 years. If mayoral control is extended, Mayor Adams has said he plans to expand summer learning, and focus on literacy and dyslexia screenings in schools.

“With thousands of our members who have children in the city’s public schools, ensuring that they have an effective and accountable leadership structure is a major priority,” said HTC President Rich Maroko. “We’ve seen how educational outcomes and opportunities have improved during the past 20 years of mayoral accountability and now is not the time to take a step backward. We urge the legislature to continue the path to success for more than 1 million children and extend this essential policy.”