Visions of Michael Mulgrew, magnified

Briefing: Mulgrew. (Paul Lowry via flickr)
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The Post and the News editorial pages agree today that a teachers-union-backed proposal to place a moratorium on school closings and charter-school co-locations is a bad idea.

Three Democratic mayoral candidates stood this week with the head of the teachers union, Michael Mulgrew, in support of the idea.

The Post says that Mulgrew's support in a crowded Democratic primary could be pivotal.

To the News, the joint call for a moratorium showed Mulgrew would be "power behind the throne" on education policy if John Liu, Bill de Blasio or Bill Thompson were elected mayor.

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That comports with the complaint made at the time of their press conference by Howard Wolfson, one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's top aides.

The one major Democratic candidate who didn't join in the argument for a freeze on school closings was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has a close working relationship with the mayor.

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