UFT proposal on mayoral control draws opposition from Quinn, but not her rivals

Briefing: Mulgrew. (Paul Lowry via flickr)
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The United Federation of Teachers is proposing a dramatic reduction in the powers mayors have over the New York City public school system.

The union's president Michael Mulgrew refused to call it an end to mayoral control of schools, which Michael Bloomberg won and which none of his major would-be successors have expressed support for overturning, but instead described the proposal as a "check" on the mayor's power.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn quicly aid, through a spokesman, that she opposed the union's plan.

Her rivals, so far, have sounded less decisive.

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City Comptroller John Liu released a statement largely embracing the plan, which would reduce the number of appointments made by the mayor to a decision-making panel, among other measures: "We are reviewing the UFT plan, which at first look bears much resemblance to the governance proposal we released earlier this year."

A spokesman for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he'd release his own plan, without stating his opinion on what the UFT was proposing. His spokesman said: "Bill appreciates reform ideas, and will be laying out his own vision for educational reform."

Former Councilman Sal Albanese said some of the union's suggestions were good, but others in the recommendation were just "nonsense."

Bill Thompson, a former head of the Board of Education who has been vocally criticial of the administration's latest round of school closures, hasn't commented on the UFT's proposal.

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