As Eric Adams keeps control over NYC schools, he’s forced to lower class sizes
Mayor Eric Adams won control of New York City’s public schools for two more years, but not without several changes to the system along with a new mandate to lower class sizes by 2027, state lawmakers decided early Friday.
Sen. John Liu, a Queens Democrat who helped craft the agreements, described the compromise over mayoral control — which has been regularly extended over the past two decades — as one where “everybody is unhappy.” But he said the bill allows for more parental involvement in the city’s school system, which was a priority for many state lawmakers and advocates as they spent the past several months considering changes.
“Parents have felt less and less and less engaged,” Liu said.
The measure to lower class sizes was markedly more popular among lawmakers and celebrated by many advocates, families and the teachers union, who have long pushed the city on the matter. City officials have warned that the bill will result in a costly mandate and cause funding cuts in other areas.
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