Bill de Blasio Paves Way for More Charter Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made clear today that his schools agenda will include more controversial co-locations and charter schools, despite his constant hammering of both on the campaign trail.

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De Blasio Joins Fellow Big-City Mayors to Blast Washington

Bill de Blasio and the other big-city mayors take a selfie. (Photo: Twitter/@DailyEdwardian)
Bill de Blasio and the other big-city mayors take a selfie. (Photo: Twitter/@DailyEdwardian)

Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Chicago yesterday for a panel discussion with three of his most high-profile colleagues, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel.

With political consultant David Axelrod leading the conversation, the group acted like a lineup of old friends, ribbing each other over recent weather woes, and joining together to herald the role of cities and criticize the federal government’s lack of investment in them. Continue reading “De Blasio Joins Fellow Big-City Mayors to Blast Washington”

Chancellor Says ‘We Are Turning the Page’ While Pulling Plug on Some Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Farina.
Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step today to reverse the previous administration’s schools agenda, withdrawing nine co-locations approved last year, including three for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies.

“If there is one thing school communities should know, it’s this: we’re going to do things differently,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement. “Today, we are turning the page on the approach of the past. We are going to listen and be responsive like never before, and that will be reflected in everything we do.” Continue reading “Chancellor Says ‘We Are Turning the Page’ While Pulling Plug on Some Co-Locations”

De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision

Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a barrage of questions today over his decision to keep schools open, despite forecasts of up to 14 inches of snow

For the lion’s share of more than 30 minutes of on-topic questioning following a storm update at the city’s Office of Emergency Management headquarter in Brooklyn, the new mayor and his schools chancellor repeatedly tried to explain their call to keep schools open during the sixth major storm in as many weeks. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision”

‘Senator Provolone’ Doubles Down on Pre-K Message

Bill de Blasio reads to preschoolers in East Harlem.
Bill de Blasio reads to preschoolers in East Harlem.

It’s official: Senator Provolone is running for mayor.

Today, The Boston Globe introduced the world to the high-school version of Bill de Blasio, a gangly young activist with a passion for student government and a rather creative nickname: “Senator Provolone.”

“That is a true statement. I cannot deny that,” the front-running mayoral candidate said today after Politicker asked about the nickname. Continue reading “‘Senator Provolone’ Doubles Down on Pre-K Message”

Weiner Hits Bloomberg on Education in Reprieve from Scandal

Anthony Weiner speaking during an education event this morning.
Anthony Weiner speaking during an education event this morning.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of using school closures to skirt union rules and fudging test scores ahead of his 2005 re-election bid during a conversation on education policy this morning that represented a rare reprieve from relentless questions about his latest sexing scandal.

Still trying to shift the conversation away from revelations that have engulfed his fledgling mayoral campaign in recent weeks, Mr. Weiner spent nearly an hour discussing everything from test scores to classroom diversity during a CUNY Institute of Education Policy Breakfast at Hunter College.

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Big Inflatable Rat Installed Outside Anthony Weiner’s Building

Parents protested outside Anthony Weiner's building Friday.
Parents protested outside Anthony Weiner’s building Friday.

Education activists and union members furious about Anthony Weiner’s plans to scrap paid parent coordinators if he’s elected mayor erected a giant, inflatable rat outside of his building this morning during a protest urging voters to keep him off the general election ballot.

“I think he’s doing a lousy-ass job,” said Yvette McClamb, vice president of the PTA at Jackie Robinson Junior High School 13 in East Harlem, who was one of about a dozen women who gathered outside of Mr. Weiner’s ritzy Park Avenue South apartment building, next to the rat.

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