MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM ON EDUCATION
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to Education Update’s forum of the Mayoral candidates
addressing public education. The citizens of NYC will cast their
votes based on consideration of the positions of the candidates
in other areas besides education. But increasingly, the public
has become concerned about the failure of the public school
system, and the candidates have all indicated that education
will be a priority of their administrations.
Each candidate was provided with nine questions and asked for
an interview. Of the six major party candidates—Republicans Herman
Badillo and Michael Bloomberg, and Democrats Fernando Ferrer,
Mark Green, Alan Hevesi and Peter Vallone—Badillo and Hevesi scheduled
personal interviews, Green supplemented his written responses
with a brief telephone interview, and the other three emailed
Perhaps the most heated topic concerned public school governance.
Four of the candidates favor elimination of the Board of Education
in favor of direct Mayor accountability for the schools. The exceptions
are Ferrer, who believes no change is necessary, and Alan Hevesi,
who favors expanding the Board to eleven members, giving four
more appointments to the Mayor. Green and Badillo would rely on
either a separate group monitoring the system or the City Council
checking on the Mayor.
All of the candidates, except Bloomberg, have extensive political
experience and are quite knowledgeable about education. Bloomberg
certainly has executive experience. Hevesi has announced the formation
of a new party, the Education Party, that will place his name
on the November ballot.
If whoever is elected lives up to his campaign promises, it appears
we will have a Mayor who plans to bring about significant changes
in the public schools.
Dunn (interviews conducted with help from Dr. Pola Rosen and Sarah
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