ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's Senate has approved continued mayoral control of New York City schools and created an oversight committee with subpoena power to closely monitor the system.
Democratic Sen. Bill Perkins of Manhattan says the committee will be a check on what he called mayoral dictatorship of the schools.
Republicans say Thursday it was created to satisfy some outer-borough Democrats who were the most ardent critics of extensive control of school operations and policy by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his chancellor and their appointed administrators.
The Assembly has already passed the main bill and Gov. David Paterson supports it.