Christine Quinn says she’d accept money from StudentsFirstNY

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Quinn at City Hall. (Dana Rubinstein)
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will accept money and support from StudentsFirstNY, an education advocacy group that was criticized today for having some donors in common with Mitt Romney.

A group of education advocates held a rally today, highlighting the Romney ties, in the hopes of discouraging 2013 candidates from accepting the support of StudentsFirstNY, which aims to continue Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education policies.

Quinn's campaign spokesman, Mark Guma, told me, "Chris will accept contributions from StudentsFirstNY just as she has from the teachers unions in the past. Chris will accept the support and counsel from people with differing opinions on how to improve our schools."

Quinn has had a good working relationship with Bloomberg (even if it has reportedly cooled lately) and the advocates at New Yorkers for Great Public Schools have been trying to peel her away from Bloomberg's, pro-charter school, pro-tenure reform agenda.

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Earlier, City Comptroller John Liu's campaign said it wouldn't accept StudentFirstNY's support. And local publisher Tom Allon, a former public school teacher, said he'd accept support from any group serious about improving education.