Assemblyman David Gantt has reintroduced his bill calling for mayoral control of the Rochester City School District.
Gantt reintroduces a lot of bills every session that have gone nowhere. The same is likely to be true of this one. That’s because the bill’s biggest backer, former Mayor Bob Duffy, isn’t around anymore. His successor, Tom Richards, isn’t interested in running the school district. Sensing the political climate has changed, everyone who previously supported mayoral control when it was first floated in 2010 has jumped ship.
But since this is Albany and strange things have been known to happen, such as the Maintenance of Effort law that passed without anyone knowing, it’s always good to keep an eye on the bill. (The MOE law requires Rochester to give the school district $119 million a year, more than any other Upstate district.)
It’s also important to remember we still don’t know if Richards will seek a full term. If a new mayor wants control of the school district – look out.
Gantt’s other initiative is the parent trigger law, allowing parents to take over a failing school.
Links of the Day:
– Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Syracuse in 1965 and warned of “Jim Crow schools” in the north. Schools remain segregated in New York state.
– Casinos are a bad bet for New York, a Democrat and Chronicle contributor writes.
– Flu season stirs a debate over paid sick time.
– The rise of pill-induced abortions in Western New York has raised issues for both sides of the abortion debate.
– JK Imaging has wasted no time coming up with a new “Kodak” camera.