May 28th, 2015
While Mayor Bill de Blasio fights in Albany to maintain his control over New York’s school system, his schools chancellor on Thursday got a cool reception from an audience that is usually much friendlier to the administration: the City Council.
The issue: 17,000 slots in summer programs for middle school students that the administration had cut at the last minute, in some cases after parents had enrolled their children.
The money saved — nearly $28 million — was to be redirected to the city’s lowest-performing schools, where the administration is under pressure to show improvement. But on Thursday, when the chancellor, Carmen Fariña, appeared at a hearing on the Education Department’s budget, council members said that was not a good enough reason to deprive other children of opportunities, and by the end of the day, the administration said it had decided to restore the summer program money.