Thompson takes a cautious look at StudentsFirstNY

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Bill Thompson, the former head of the New York City Board of Education, said he's disturbed by reports about who funds the pro-Bloomberg education group StudentsFirstNY, but isn't ready to shun their support or money just yet.

Advocates rallied today to discourage candidates from accepting support from the group, noting its common donors with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Thompson, who last week said Bloomberg has done a good job overall, said in a statement: “The allegations in the report, if true, raise questions about StudentsFirstNY’s financial backing and reporting. The last thing we need is super-PAC-like organizations attempting to influence education policy with little transparency and accountability. I reserve judgment for the moment and look forward to learning more about the organization and its agenda.”

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has said she would accept the grou's support, and City Comptroller John Liu, who was unlikely to get any help from StudentsFirstNY, was quick to say he wouldn't accept it.

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