John Liu says he’d reject money from StudentsFirstNY

John Liu. (Dan Rosenblum)
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The labor-backed New Yorkers for Great Public Schools is calling on candidates in next year's city elections to reject donations StudentsFirstNY, the education-reform group backed by former Washington schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, former New York schools chancellor and current New Corp. executive Joel Klein, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

There's precedent: Hakeem Jeffries, the pro-charter-schools Democratic assemblyman from Brooklyn, rejected an independent expenditure from StudentsFirstNY in his successful congressional primary campaign against Charles Barron.

Today, Comptroller John Liu became the first (and so far, only) 2013 mayoral contender to promise to do the same: A Liu campaign spokesperson told me they will not accept donations or other support from StudentsFirstNY.

For Liu, who has set himself up as the most stridently anti-Bloomberg Democrat in the field, it's not a particularly risky move.

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I reached out to the other mayoral candidates and will update when I hear back.

UPDATE: Tom Allon, who publishes a collection of local papers and is a former public school teacher, told me, "I will gladly accept donations from any group that has a strong education agenda."