New York City Board of Education
Rise, fall and return of Mayoral Control
Prior to Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg's securing control of New York City schools, the Board of Education itself ran the schools. On June 30, 2002, Mayor Bloomberg secured authority over the schools from the New York State legislature, which began the era of "mayoral control" over the city schools. The mayor then changed the name of the schools agency from the Board of Education to the Department of Education, a mayoral agency.
On June 30, 2009, the New York State Senate declined to renew the mayor's full authority over the school system. In particular, State Senate Democrats leader John Sampson, of Brooklyn, opposed the extension of mayoral control. The authority reverted for a time to the Board of Education, but mayoral control was restored until 2015 in a vote on August 6, 2009. The actual city agency running the schools remains the New York City Department of Education.
Members of the Board
Appointed by the Mayor
- Patricia Harris, a deputy mayor
- Edward Skyler, a deputy mayor
Appointed by borough presidents
- Delores Fernandez, appointed by Ruben Diaz, Jr. (Bronx)
- Carlo Scissurra, appointed by Marty Markowitz (Brooklyn)
- Jimmy Yan, appointed by Scott Stringer (Manhattan)
- Dennis Walcott (President of the Board), appointed by Helen Marshall (Queens)
- Edward Burke, appointed by James Molinaro (Staten Island)
Borough presidents appointed Board members in a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg on July 1, 2009. Four presidents chose appointees that are expected to support the mayor's education policies. Diaz appointed a representative that is anticipated to be independent of the mayor's perspective.
- Samuel A. Lewis, elected a member in 1868
- Medina, Jennifer (August 6, 2009). "N.Y. Senate Renews Mayor’s Power to Run Schools". The New York Times.
- Neidl, Phoebe. "Mayoral Control Expires: Brooklyn’s Carlo Scissura Appointed to 'Temporary' Board of Education" Brooklyn Eagle (July 1, 2009)
- Hernandez, Javier C. "Senate Impasse Forces City to Revive Old School Board, in Name" New York Times July 2, 2009