Bloomberg Praises Mayoral Control, Thompson Nods Politely

With Bill Thompson sitting in the front row, Michael Bloomberg told a roomful of people in midtown that he will continue pushing for mayoral control of schools and that he won’t let the city’s education system “go back” to its previous system.
The event was sponsored by Rev. Al Sharpton and his group, the National Action Network. Sharpton sat in the seat next to the podium as Bloomberg thanked him for his work, with Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, pushing for education reform.
Thompson, who previously was head of the Board of Education, which Bloomberg disbanded, sat politely and nodded as the mayor spoke.