2002-11-30 / Front Page

CB’s To Get School Control?

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

Amid strong rumors that the Task Force on Community School District Government Reform is leaning towards handing local control of the schools to the community boards, the task force has announced a Queens public hearing on the matter.

That hearing will be held on Thursday, December 12 at Queens Borough Hall. There will be a daytime hearing from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and an evening hearing from 6 to 9 p.m. We have been told that anybody who wants to be heard will get a chance to speak. The task force will decide on a method for parent input into the system once the school boards are disbanded next June.

There is little chance that the task force will recommend keeping the present school boards in place. Assemblyman Steve Sanders, who is co-hair for the task force, recently said, "Although you can find some school boards that function reasonably well, for the vast majority of boards, that is unfortunately not the case."

At least three people close to the task force, all of who asked to remain anonymous, have told The Wave that the task force is seriously thinking of handing over the school governance reigns to the local community boards.

"It makes a certain sense," one of the informants said. "The boards represent the community and they are already in place. They meet regularly and they already deal with many educational issues."

"Having the community boards control the schools is a frightening thought," another said.

The task force must make recommendations to the state legislature by February 15.

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