Former city schools chief Joel Klein takes mayoral candidates to task on education in a big speech earlier today. GothamSchools reports:
In a speech in Washington, D.C. to charter school supporters this morning, Klein plans to criticize what he calls “a complete lack of courage among most of the candidates” for statements they’ve made during the campaign to replace Mayor Bloomberg, according to a copy of the speech provided to GothamSchools in advance. In the speech, Klein praises the reforms that took place during his eight-year tenure at the Department of Education, listing the growth of charter schools in Harlem as a crowning achievement.
New York Magazine explores whether Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has a shot at becoming the next mayor — or whether he is too tall at 6 foot 5 inches:
De Blasio’s campaign is a test of just how liberal New York Democrats really are. The key question isn’t about the big cultural political issues—abortion, gay rights, gun control. The city is solidly in favor of all of them, and so are its Democratic mayoral candidates. The new, unsettled battleground is economic liberalism. His campaign is easily the most intellectually coherent and focused when it comes to inequality. Everything from his proposal for beefing up bus service to his plan for restructuring development subsidies extends from his central premise: that New York has become dangerously split between rich and poor, and the disparities in government priorities and services need to be closed.
For more on De Blasio’s positions on everything from the city budget to education, check out Gotham Gazette’s one-on-one interview with the candidate published yesterday.
Crain’s Insider reports that an internal struggle within the Independence Party could result in a primary for the ballot line, which was until now expected to go to Adolfo Carrión. Crain’s reminds us why we should even care:
The Independence Party line proved crucial during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three runs for mayor in Democrat-heavy New York City because it provided another line for Democrats to cast a vote for Mr. Bloomberg besides the Republican one.