New York 2013: A mayoral election about education policy?
Education is at the center of a local political dispute. The Times and Daily News detail some of 16 cases of teachers who were accused of inappropriate behavior but are still at their posts because of state arbitration rules.
City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott said his "hands are tied" and the News editorial page asked how the president of the teacher's union "sleep at night."
In the Post, that very teachers-union president said a new organization set up by the former schools chancellors and led by the mayor's outgoing director of state legislative affairs is "a clear attempt by the mayor to somehow set up a fourth term."
The mayor's race, according to a Daily News columnist, is turning into "the biggest education election in the country."
Espaillat's endorsement from the Barack Obama Democratic Club makes it into the newspaper. [Carl Campanile]
The new group formed by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and being run by Micah Lasher is, according to U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew, "a clear attempt by the mayor to somehow set up a fourth term." [Sally Goldenberg]
Liu's "prove it" quip is a challenge to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. [David Seifman]
Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott said "definitely my hands are tied" because state rules prevent him from immediately firing tenured teachers, thanks to arbitration rules. [David Chen and Patrick McGeehan]
The Daily News teases a story about the same issue on the front page. Walcott tells them "IF I had my way, these teachers would no longer be in the classroom." [Rachel Monahan and Ben Chapman]
"How can United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew sleep at night?" asks one newspaper editorial page. [Daily News]
Hamptons residents are protesting State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs' plans to develop a sports campground. [Will James]