Mayor Martin Chavez, moving forward on his plan to gain control of the school district, said Tuesday he will ask lawmakers next year for authority to appoint board members.
Albuquerque Public Schools' seven board members are elected.
Chavez made his comments Tuesday morning at a breakfast meeting with local business executives.
"What I want is accountability," Chavez said later in an interview. "The problem isn't with teachers. I think the system is broken."
Governor Richardson spent a lot of money and political capital to change the governance structure of the State Education department all under the banner of accountability, and the results have been an abysmal failure.
Let's not go through this pointless exercise again. Our children deserve better.