Bloomberg 101

It looks like “ Bloomberg 101” summer school classes are in session. In an editorial in today’s LA Times Bloomberg and Chicago’s Richard M. Daley give a pep talk to their favorite pupil, LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Here is a sample straight out of the syllabus.

The superintendent would be recast as a CEO, with clear authority over the business operations of the district, and would be empowered to cut the bureaucracy and shift those savings to the classroom, where they are needed most. And because the mayor would have a central role in the selection of the superintendent, parents would be able to hold him responsible for the success of the public school system.

Bloomberg, who coasted to re-election based partly on the claim of gaining control of the school system, seems to have been in a particularly magnanimous frame of mind when writing the piece, crediting his predecessors for their role in effectuating the takeover.

“In New York, the passage of mayoral control in 2002 was the culmination of the efforts of four consecutive mayors, from both political parties, spanning two decades. In that time, New York’s mayors won a number of important interim steps toward accountability that prepared the Legislature — along with labor unions and interest groups — to take the final step.”

–Jason Horowitz

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