Teachers Unite, a membership organization of public school teachers working for social justice, developed this report -- with the research support of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center -- in order to explore the impact of mayoral control on democratic participation in schools. Surveys and focus groups with teachers, Your schools, Your voice parents, and students, combined with a review of relevant laws, policies, and structures, revealed that teachers want decision-making power and the ability to provide feedback regarding the mayor's major decisions; however, the current participation mechanisms prevent this from happening effectively. At a time when teachers are criticized for being self-interested, many teachers stand with parents and students in the desire to create a school system where democratic participation is valued and the voice of the entire community is heard. When teachers are included in decision-making about schools, their work in the classroom will improve, thus leading to a better learning environment for their students. This report shows how the subsequent loss of power and accountability and lack of participation impact the New York City school system. By looking at the current school governance bodies, the programs initiated under mayoral control, and the views of teachers, parents, and students, this report documents how mayoral control devalues those directly impacted by the school system and proposes recommendations that can positively create the change the system needs.