A hastily revived New York City Board of Education voted unanimously July 1 to retain Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, but didn't allow public comment at its first meeting in seven years, reports the New York Daily News. The new board, quickly selected after it became clear that the dysfunctional state Senate would not act to extend mayoral control of the city's school system, also voted to give Klein authority over the district--essentially keeping Mayor Bloomberg in charge. New York City has been under mayoral control for the last seven years, but that arrangement--which state lawmakers mandated in 2002--expired July 1.


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