Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson is right that his view and the views of other Senate Democrats ought to be heard in the debate over mayoral control of schools. And of course, the Senate is not required to adhere to the Assembly's version of the bill. But Sampson is wrong in his timing.
The Democrats have done nothing about Mayoral Control since January, when they actually did have control of the Senate. They were relying on the same last minute, midnight politics employed by the Speaker of the Assembly. And here they failed because they lost control of the chamber. Now Sampson wants to hold
Correction: In an earlier version of this post, we stated that the Assembly's version of the mayoral control bill was passed in an overnight session with no opportunity for public input. In fact, the mayoral control bill was passed on June 17, several days prior to the Assembly's overnight end-of-term session, and the Assembly education committee held several hearings on the issue. We apologize for any confusion our post may have caused.