Although Mike Bloomberg had reason to be disappointed with today’s school funding decision lowering the amount the state is obliged to pay for city schools, he chose to focus instead on how the court decision enhanced his power of oversight by leaving mayoral control as the only mechanism of accountability.
Here’s the reaction Bloomberg gave to reporters earlier today:
“I just got a few minutes’ briefing so I really can’t speak for any length on it.
The one part I did see was that the courts ruled as we had asked, that there be no further oversight. If you remember, the State and the plaintiffs had wanted to have another level of oversight. I think we’re doing a spectacular job with the school system right now and the last thing we need is more bureaucracy.
We want education money to go into the classroom where it belongs. We’re trying to cut our bureaucracy, not add to it. In terms of the rest of it, I just haven’t had a chance to really read it yet so we’ll have to talk about it the next time. Other questions? Yes, miss.”
— Azi Paybarah