Mayor Bloomberg surrounded himself with a gaggle of supporters in the blue room the other day when announced the appointment of a citywide parent coordinator to help rebuff the notion he’s not including enough parent input about education.
On the February 28 press release, Bloomberg named a few more supporters who didn’t turn up for the event. One of them was Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who went on NY1 later that night as one of critics of the mayor’s education plan.
Stringer’s communication director, Eric Pugatch, emailed me to explain his boss’ position on the mayor’s education efforts.
“It has become increasingly clear that those with the most at stake in the system – parents, teachers and students – are frustrated and confused. Borough President Stringer has had positive discussions with Chancellor Klein and Deputy Mayor Walcott about taking concrete steps to improve parental involvement in restructuring decisions. When he agrees with such decisions – as he did with the appointment of a Chief Family Engagement Officer – he will be right there to applaud the moves. When he disagrees and believes there is more to be done to improve the policies at DOE, he won’t be afraid to speak out.”
— Azi Paybarah