In recent days, labor-backed education advocates have been targeting StudentsFirstNY, an organization set up to keep Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education policies in place after he leaves office next year.
In a split with leading mayoral candidate City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he would not accept campaign money from the education advocacy group created to preserve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education agenda after he leaves office next year.
Two prospective candidates for public advocate say they will not accept money or support from StudentsFirstNY, the organization created to advance Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education agenda after he leaves office.
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 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 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.)
StudentsFirstNY versus the teachers union: 'It's one group of adults fighting with another group of adults'
There was a small but potentially significant little tactical moment last night when the new head of a pro-charter-school organization went on NY1 to talk about the organization's coming battles with the United Federation of Teachers, stated the premise, and had it batted away by the host.