Thompson: Thank Me for Mayoral Control of Schools

At a time when some Democrats are criticizing Mike Bloomberg’s handling of public schools, City Comptroller Bill Thompson is laying a claim to it.

Thompson, who is interested in running for mayor in 2009, suggested that he was partly responsible for bringing about mayoral control of the city school system because of the work he did at his previous job, when he was president of the Board of Education.

“If people want to point fingers, go point fingers,” he continued. “At the same point, if it is also being the beneficiary afterward of mayoral control, I’d appreciate a thank-you then.”

– Azi Paybarah