Reaching Out, But Still In Charge

In the face of growing criticism over how he’s managed the city’s public schools, Mayor Bloomberg announced the appointment of a citywide parent coordinator who will issue a report March 12 that will outline recommendations on how the city can better reach out to parents.

Bloomberg downplayed criticism from parents and some elected officials that he’s run the city schools without enough outside input.

“It’s a fine line. You want to make sure everyone is included but you cannot run a fifteen and a half billion dollar organization that serves 1.1 million kids by putting every single thing up for a referendum.”

He went to say, “You can always find a handful of parents who are politically active and who want to be involved, who do not feel that they are not running the schools the they that they used to some years ago.”

– Azi Paybarah