Former New York Congressman and candidate for mayor of New York city, Anthony Weiner, is hitting the ground running in his campaign. The election for mayor of New York City will be held on Sept. 10, 2013 and thus far there are six announced candidates: Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Sal Albanese. All will participate in a mayoral debate at the NYU Kimmel Center in Manhattan today. The education debate is sponsored by a coalition of parents and education advocacy groups called New Yorkers for Great Public Schools and will be held today.
All, that is, except for Christine Quinn.
“The organizers were informed last week we would not be able to make this one work,” Mr. Morey said in a statement. “We have never said to them or anyone else we would not debate education issues, in fact we’ve participated in two education debates this month alone, on top of a total of 44 debates and forums during the course of the campaign.”
Christine Quinn’s decision to opt-out of this eduction debate has “infuriated” debate organizers and accused Quinn of “ducking” the debate. However, Politicker.com reported that a Quinn campaign spokesman Mike Morey rejected organizers’ debate-ducking argument.
Billy Easton, a spokesman New Yorker for Great Public Schools, said they had gone out of their way to accommodate Ms. Quinn, rescheduling the event twice and ultimately holding it on a date that her staff had selected.
Parent leader Zakiyah Ansari will moderate the debate, and a panel of parents and students will ask questions. The debate format will be as follows: an opening crossfire round, a lightning round, a final round of questions, including an instant rebuttal where mayoral candidates can rebut the statement of an opponent, and brief closing statements.Throughout, mayoral candidates will engage each other on hot-button issues and stake out clear positions that will shape the Democratic primary debate on education in the coming weeks and months.
The New Yorkers for Great Public Schools says that the Bloomberg administration has closed 140 schools. 60% of new elementary and middle schools have performed “worse” than the ones they replaced.
In this upcoming mayoral election, school closings is a big issue.
The elections will be closely watched in Chicago by the Chicago Teachers Union who also promise to make “school closings” an issue in the 2015 Chicago mayoral election. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the closing of some 50 schools in the next school year.
Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions at email@example.com.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns.