In a special session, New York state’s legislature has extended Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of New York City schools for two years.
The mayoral-control law was set to expire June 30, one day after lawmakers reached the accord.
The legislature first gave control of the country’s largest school system to GOP Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002. He got a six-year extension when the law expired in 2009. But de Blasio, a Democrat, has had a harder time persuading the legislature to give him lengthy renewals: He has only gotten one-year extensions.
Both Republicans and Democrats had tied extending mayoral control to other issues.
A version of this article appeared in the July 19, 2017 edition of Education Week as In 11th Hour, N.Y. Legislature Extends Mayor’s Control Over N.Y.C. Schools