The participants were, in fact, longtime Fields aide Barbara Baer and an empty chair with a sign reading “Education Mayor” taped to it. Ms. Baer took the jab at Bloomberg literally.
“You put a top-down system into place and you didn’t do anything for the kids,” she told the chair.
She also laid out the first thing resembling a serious policy proposal to come out of the Fields camp; we hadn’t heard this before from Virginia herself, though perhaps she’s said it somewhere.
The plan was an education proposal called “Smart,” an acronym for:
Recruitment and Retention of Teachers
Sounds like a policy proposal to us, though this seemed an odd way to debut it.