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Mayor Bill de Blasio, appearing for the second time since taking office on the rollicking hip-hop station HOT 97, insisted he was not an enemy of charter schools this morning and skewered the press for its coverage of the controversy.
“I’m feeling like they’re making you look like you’re anti-charter school,” remarked one of the station’s morning show hosts, giving the mayor–whom they referred to as “our favorite mayor”–an opportunity to defend himself.
There’s something about Eva Moskowitz, one of the city’s foremost champions of charter schools, that drives Mayor Bill de Blasio bananas.
It was a tale of two rallies.
In another round of the political chess between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mr. Cuomo spoke today at a rally framed by Mr. de Blasio and his supporters as an attempt to undermine the mayor’s education agenda.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made his first trip up to Albany as mayor of New York City today and quickly downplayed any difference with the governor–potentially his biggest hurdle in the weeks ahead.
“I think it’s been a very positive day as I prepare to build a very constructive working relationship with all the leaders in Albany,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State speech. “I think this speech’ll be a great road-map for so much of our work going forward.”
Joe Lhota has a suggestion for the president.
Barack Obama is visiting a Brooklyn school today, where he will be joined by Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee in the mayor’s race, and a host of elected officials. But Mr. Lhota, the Republican Party’s pick, thinks they should have a debate as well.
'To Hell With Everybody Else'
Poor performing schools, relics of 20th-century neglect, ought to close. Charter schools, beacons of hope in many poor neighborhoods, should be encouraged.
This may seem like common sense. But for the teachers union and, regrettably, for the New York chapter of the NAACP, these ideas are heresy. That’s why they joined forces to sue the Read More
State Senator Bill Perkins received the endorsement today of the last two men to run against Mike Bloomberg–Fernando Ferrer and Bill Thompson–in his re-election campaign against Basil Smilke.
And Perkins is running against City Hall as well, in a sense, since he is opposed by many in the charter school movement, Read More
ALBANY—John Sampson thinks, not unreasonably, that the State Senate needs a new look.
“We need to come out of the box in January and start to really pass some progressive and positive legislation because people have one characterization of us,” Sampson, the leader of the chamber’s Democratic conference, told reporters during an informal chat in Read More
ALBANY—A plan to double the number of charter schools is not getting a warm reception from two education groups that just sued David Paterson.
“There are ways of doing it, of raising the cap and also of raising some of the problems they’re having with charter schools. Any thing is discussable. We haven’t said, Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson just endorsed lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in the state—a move recommended yesterday by the State Board of Regents—to make New York more competitive for the “race to the top” pool of federal education funding.
“I can appreciate that people have ideological differences with some of the Read More