A hastily revived New York City Board of Education voted unanimously July 1 to retain Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, but didn’t allow public comment at its first meeting in seven years, reports the New York Daily News. The new board, quickly selected after it became clear that the dysfunctional state Senate would not act to extend mayoral control of the city’s school system, also voted to give Klein authority over the district–essentially keeping Mayor Bloomberg in charge. New York City has been under mayoral control for the last seven years, but that arrangement–which state lawmakers mandated in 2002–expired July 1. The board is made up of two mayoral appointees and one from each of the five borough presidents. Klein does not have to consult the board until its next meeting, when he will meet with members to discuss summer school progress and plans for the opening of school in September. He also will update the board on financial issues.
The board also passed a resolution urging the Senate to pass a bill that has cleared the Assembly that would continue mayoral control of the schools. That bill keeps the major components of the 2002 mayoral control law, while adding some parental involvement…

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