In the political arena, all eyes are on the Presidential race.
But in New York City, candidates for Mayor are lining up supporters. The election is 2013, when Mayor Bloomberg’s rocky third term ends.
It appears that the favorite of the charter school hedge fund crowd is Christine Quinn, City Council speaker. Quinn, a close ally of Mayor Bloomberg, seems likeliest to keep his policies intact. To say that parents do not like his school-closing policy would be an understatement. The brute fact is that there is a lot of money on the privatization side of the agenda.
The question is whether any of the candidates will stand up for public education and block the insertion of charters into public schools that are already overcrowded.