Yesterday, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Deputy Mayor for Education Dennis Walcott made the case for continuing mayoral controls of the public school system at a City Council Hearing. While the pair cited students' progress, reaction from Council members as mixed: NY1 reports that Councilman Peter Vallone said, "I appreciate that progress," (he did write an opinion piece for the Post back in September supporting mayoral control) while Councilman Charles Barron said, "I'll probably be mayor one day in this city, but I won't even want mayoral control. That's too much power. Too much authority for one person to have that's not an educator." And, according to Gotham Schools, Councilman Robert Jackson asked Klein and Walcott if they made any mistakes: "Walcott said that changing the bus routes in winter was a mistake, but Klein held firm on his decision to dissolve the 32 school districts that the Bloomberg administration has essentially done away with." A Council group is suggesting that the Council be given more power—which would be municipal control.
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