Mayors

Education New York City Schools Will Stay Closed for Academic Year, Mayor Says
Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back on the Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement, however, saying "no decision" had been made about reopening schools in New York City or elsewhere in the state.
Lesli A. Maxwell, April 11, 2020
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Federal Michael Bloomberg Brings Controversial N.Y.C. Schools Record to 2020 Race
As New York City mayor, Bloomberg exercised sweeping control over Gotham's school system. The city adopted new curricula, a new admissions process, and a new system for grading schools, among other changes.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 24, 2019
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Equity & Diversity What's Next for New York's Elite High Schools Now That De Blasio's Diversity Plan Is Dead
A contentious debate over New York's elite high schools flared this year as Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to scrap the exam that determines admissions as a way to increase enrollment of black and Hispanic students. But amid strong opposition from the city's Asian community and well-heeled alumni, state lawmakers never took action on the proposed diversity plan.
Christina A. Samuels, June 27, 2019
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School & District Management News in Brief Chicago School Board Members Resign After Mayor Reveals Plan to Oust Them
Newly inaugurated Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who endorsed an elected school board on the campaign trail, has announced that she will overhaul the seven-member board of education.
Tribune News Service, June 4, 2019
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Federal Bill de Blasio, Who's Expanded Pre-K, Sparred on Education, Seeks Presidency
The New York City mayor has pushed universal pre-K, championed a controversial school turnaound program, and picked a schools chief backing a divisive effort to diversify selective high schools.
Evie Blad, May 16, 2019
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Education Chicago Teachers Union Endorses County Board President For Mayor
The teachers' union is throwing its support behind Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel as Chicago's mayor, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Denisa R. Superville, December 6, 2018
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School & District Management News in Brief Local School Board Group Wants Power of N.Y.C. Mayor Over District Reined In
A group representing New York City's influential local school boards has come out against Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of the public schools, which expires in June, unless significant limits are placed on his power.
Tribune News Service, October 2, 2018
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Education Boston Mayor Picks Nonprofit Leader as Temporary Schools Chief
Laura Perille, the CEO of the Boston-based non-profit EdVestors, is expected to be named interim superintendent while the district looks for a permanent leader.
Denisa R. Superville, June 28, 2018
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief N.Y.C. Mayor Offers Plan to Diversify City's Elite Specialized High Schools
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will push to diversify the city's elite specialized high schools by setting aside seats for low-income students who just missed the test-score cutoff.
The Associated Press, June 12, 2018
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School & District Management A New Education Era in Philadelphia: Mayor Names Members of School Board
About 500 people submitted their names or were nominated for one of the nine spots on the new Philadelphia school board, the first to oversee the district since the state seized control in 2001.
Denisa R. Superville, April 4, 2018
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Budget & Finance Newark Mayor Wants a Pause on Charter School Expansion in the City
Ras Baraka, a former principal who is running for re-election this year, said aggressive charter school growth could "suck the life" out of traditional public schools, according to Chalkbeat.
Denisa R. Superville, March 30, 2018
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School & District Management News in Brief N.Y.C. Mayor Comes Under Fire for Selection of 2nd Superintendent
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's second choice to lead the nation's largest school system has plunged him into hot water.
Tribune News Service, March 20, 2018
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School & District Management Insider or Newcomer? Who Will Lead the New York City Schools?
While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hints that he wants a school chief that will continue the work that current schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña began, there are school district advocates and observers who think he needs to bring aboard a leader who will take the district in another direction.
Corey Mitchell, December 22, 2017
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A 2016 portrait of New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
A 2016 portrait of New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Victoria Will for Education Week-File
School & District Management Search to Fill One of Education's Biggest Jobs Begins as New York City Chief Steps Down
Who Mayor Bill de Blasio has in mind for his next chancellor isn't yet clear, but experts say the job requires a hard-to-find combination of someone with credibility as an educator and the acumen to navigate the rough-and-tumble politics of New York City.
Corey Mitchell, December 21, 2017
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