NY Senate Leader: Limit de Blasio’s Control Over NYC Schools

ALBANY (AP) -

The leader of the New York state Senate wants to renew Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over city schools for just one year, less than the three years the Assembly approved and the seven years requested by the mayor.

The law will expire June 30 unless lawmakers pass an extension. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan and Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie met Monday and said they are working to negotiate an agreement.

Flanagan has criticized de Blasio’s handling of public education and now supports a one-year extension — along with the appointment of a new state education inspector with some oversight power over city schools.

The extension is one of the largest challenges facing lawmakers before their expected adjournment June 16.