Control Deal Awaits Bloomberg's Approval
July 16th, 2009

As I reported yesterday, discussions between Democrats and representatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg over a potential agreement on mayoral control went fairly well last night. Democrats were hopeful that they could get the Assembly, Gov. David Paterson and Bloomberg to sign memorandums of understanding that they agree to a number of amendments to the Assembly’s school governance bill that Senate Democrats want to put forward.

The amendments would provide for parent training and a program to increase arts education, among other things. The proposal is now awaiting Bloomberg’s approval. The problem is that Bloomberg is in Washington today.

It also isn’t clear that the amendments would appease a number of Democrats who want to see more drastic checks and balances in the bill. Some members insist the Senate needs to be involved in negotiating an entirely new bill.

Meanwhile, the Senate is in session and acting on non-controversial legislation. It is unclear when exactly the Assembly bill will come to a vote. There is talk it could happen a lot later today, or even a few months from now.

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