ALBANY, N.Y. (WPIX)—A key figure of mayoral control over New York's schools offered to support Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bill to extend his authority over the city's public schools--on the term that City Hall fires the principal of a Queens school where her daughter is employed.
According to the New York Post, sources have said that Senator Shirley Huntley demanded that PS 30 Principal Dwayne Crowder be ousted from New York City's school system during talks on the mayoral-control bill.
Huntley admits that her endeavor to end Crowder's reign has lasted several years. Her daughter, Pamela Corley, is a parent coordinator at the school.
The Daily News reports that one Senate Democratic colleague asserted, "The mayor's people looked into it, said the principal was great, reading and math scores at the school are way up, and offered to transfer her daughter to another school."
Further defense for the principal came from City Education Department spokesman David Cantor: "We would have sooner let the legislation fail than fire a good principal - something we made clear to the senator [Huntley]," he added.
Huntley called her opponents "liars." The Daily News reports that Huntley insisted that the mayor's team implied they would fire Crowder for her support.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg said yesterday the hastily reconstituted Board of Education that met a grand total of eight minutes will disappear into thin air as soon as Governor Paterson signs the mayoral control bill, which may occur as soon as next week.