With MTA funding agreement, time for more compromise
Oct 14, 2015 | 15149 views | 0 0 comments | 822 822 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It seemed like a near impossible task after months of politicking and bickering between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo that an actual agreement would be reached on funding the MTA's capital plan.

But now, with a tentative agreement announced, it's time for the two to continue the dialogue and broach another huge subject: mayoral control of schools.

Coming to an agreement on anything for the two seems like a pain-filled process, and those caught in the middle of the two political titans are being crushed. It's the riders that would have bore the brunt of the MTA dispute. Now, it's the city's school children that are being put in limbo.

A concrete discussion and plan needs to be developed between the two administrations, which differ greatly on educational philosophy. You would think that two politicians could at least come to an agreement on who should have control of the city schools.

This doesn't even touch the issue of how Common Core was rolled out of the state with a multitude of parental opt-outs. It's a shining example of how different New York State is, and how regional governments should have a larger say in how their children are educated.

Mayoral control almost seemed like more of a formality before de Blasio took office, but now it's become a political discussion point. Hopefully, both Cuomo and de Blasio can use the momentum of finally coming to an agreement on a major city issue to springboard to discussions about how school children should be educated and who should oversee that process.

It's time for them both to be the bigger man and acknowledge that the longer education hangs in the balance with no concrete plan, the more children will suffer.

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