With most of the polls closed in New York City, the New York Times, the Daily News, and the New York Post all reported within minutes of the polls closing that Bill de Blasio will be Gothams’ 109th mayor.
Education reformers have been nervous for some time, as de Blasio, an outspoken foe of charter schools, climbed in the polls and overtook a crowded field of Democratic candidates to claim the nomination; then, despite revelations of his youthful dalliances with leftists in Nicaragua and the Soviet Union, ran over the Republican nominee, former Rudolph Giuliani aide, Joseph Lhota. (See my new Education Next story for a description of de Blasio’s anti-reform education policy positions. See also David Steiner’s conversation with de Blasio in a CUNY Institute for Education Policy event last August.)
Stay tuned to CIEP’s Policy Briefing home page for continuous coverage of the new New York City mayor’s policy proposals for the nation’s largest public school system.