N.Y. Schools

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Beth Fertig of member station WNYC in New York reports on a decision there that will greatly centralize decision-making authority in the city schools. The decision, made in Albany this week, will roll back nearly 3 decades of local control over key hiring and firing decisions. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says the shift will enable the school chancellor, Rudy Crew, to eliminate patronage and corruption in the local school boards, but many parents fear they will lose an important voice in the children's education.

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