A new coalition tries undoing Bloomberg’s education policies

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A new group whose goal is to reverse much of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education policy announced itself to The New York Times this morning.

The group, a coalition of unions and advocacy groups, is intended to be a sort of counterweight to the pro-Bloomberg, pro-charter StudentsFirstNY group, headed by Bloomberg's former aide Micah Lasher. (That group, of course, fashioned itself a sort of counterweight to the teachers union. So if you're losing track, it's not your fault.)

The new anti-anti-union group, called New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, sees itself as a David to the Bloomberg-allied group's Goliath. In terms of money, that may be true. But in a Democratic-leaning city with powerful unions, maybe less so.

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