Silver Presents His Mayoral Control Plan

ALBANY—Assembly Democrats met behind closed doors for over three hours last night, where Speaker Sheldon Silver presented a plan for school governance.

"It basically preserves mayoral control, with tweaks," Assemblyman Michael Benjamin said afterward.

The plan would allow the mayor to continue to appoint the majority of he Panel for Educational Policy. Silver's plan also called for empowering superintendents and improving oversight of the Department of Education.

This proposal, which the Post reported was presented by Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, is in contrast with another bill that would dilute the mayor's power of schools, which is being pushed by union-backed school advocates.

Both David Paterson and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith have publicly said they favor legislation along the lines of what Silver just proposed.

According to Benjamin, members also talked about a proposal to fix the expanded bottle law, but delayed firm action because there is no agreed-upon companion measure in the State Senate.