Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declined to sign on to a letter supporting his successor, Bill de Blasio, that would make the current mayor's control over city schools permanent, CapitalNewYork.com reported.
While former Mayor Rudy Giuliani gave his approval on behalf of de Blasio asking state lawmakers along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to OK his school takeover so it would not be subject to renewal each year, Bloomberg has thus far not endorsed the move.
Cuomo has endorsed approving school takeover for three years in a battle with the mayor over reforms and control.
Noted Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson in an email response to Capital New York:
"Mayor Bloomberg has consistently promised to remain out of local politics and he has kept that promise."
Bloomberg, noted Capital New York, has remained quiet, even in the face of criticism of his three terms as mayor by de Blasio, a Democrat.
But New York Senate spokesman Scott Reif pushed back hard, according to the New York Daily News.
"Mayor de Blasio is presiding over a school system with 91 failing schools and now he wants permanent control of the City schools before he even sits down and explains his vision for education to the State Legislature," Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif told the New York Daily News.
"We’re going to take a good, hard look at this and ultimately we will act in the best interest of students and their families, not what is politically expedient for Mayor de Blasio."
De Blasio noted good progress was underway in arguing for permanent control by his office and not the school system. He testified in Albany in February that he wanted to be held accountable for his local schools, even as Cuomo said a three-year extension seemed enough.
"One of the most effective ways to ensure the success of our public schools is with direct accountability —
and mayoral control of the New York City public school system provides exactly that," de Blasio wrote in a letter dated Monday.
He added: "Proposals that would limit mayoral control will only take us backward to a time of blurred lines of accountability. Graduation rates, college readiness rates, and test scores are showing signs of improvement, and the success of our children demands that we move forward."
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.