Here's the embed code for the 33 minute segment -- I'm 23+ minutes in:
I tried to make as many points as I could based on recent blogs by Patrick Sullivan, Leonie Haimson and James Eterno -- all links are in my post, Did UFT Boycott DeB Mayoral Control Rally? Patrick Sullivan: What Would Be The Impact of End of Mayoral Control
Here are some quick points I made:
- Local control was only pre-k to 8. High schools were never decentralized.
- My district had corruption and patronage and I and others consistently opposed that but we had a monthly forum in the neighborhood where parents, teachers and community members could make their points, in addition to having school board elections to challenge their control.
- There is much greater corruption under mayoral control - as we've seen over the past 15 years -- add up the money lost in the districts and compare.
- The 1996 law put curbs on the districts -- more accountability.
- We could control the machine politics with more oversight.
Charters in no way want local control because most communities don't want charters. Ben Max of Gotham Gazette, who was on with Brian disagreed with me and said some neighborhoods want charters.
I disagree -- if we had local school boards, the people who supposedly want charters would be involved in controlling the public schools and would have the ability to make the kinds of changes they want.
Charters have used mayoral control as their main instrument. Since de Blasio is not in their pocket, they are unhappy, though from what I've seen he has given them almost everything they want.
Later I got this tweet from Ben Max:
|@NormScott1 @BrianLehrer good talking with you earlier, Norm. interesting points. isn't this charter point negated by the state, though?|
charters fear local bds.@BrianLehrer Parents that supposedly want charters would control public schools and negate charter or run them.
Some parents will want to be involved in local school board. I can also see highly funded charter school supporters running in some crucial districts and charterizing the entire district, though I believe they don't want everyone -- so maybe select the juicy stuff for themselves. So there could be a downside to this too.