By Elizabeth Green
With the deadline approaching for the state Legislature to renew or scrap mayoral control of the public schools, defenders of the policy are saying that they have an uphill battle ahead.
For the past six years, Chancellor Joel Klein has said he is committed to insulating his school system from the influence of elected officials in Albany and the City Council, saying decisions should be based on fairness, not political favors. The effort to keep elected officials at a distance was aided by the mayoral control law, which eliminated the community school boards that had been easy avenues for participation
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