School & District Management

N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidates Eye School Changes

By Robert C. Johnston — October 03, 2001 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

New York City’s mayoral primary, held last week after a two-week delay because of the World Trade Center attack, produced a clear-cut Republican nominee and set up an Oct. 11 runoff between two Democratic hopefuls.

But Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is not out of the picture. He is trying to negotiate a three-month extension of his tenure, a plan two of the candidates accepted last week.

Even as New Yorkers dealt with the uncertainty over Mr. Giuliani and recovery from the Sept. 11 terrorism, they remained focused on education, exit polls found.

Michael R. Bloomberg, a financial-media magnate, was an easy GOP winner in the Sept. 25 balloting. Mr. Bloomberg, who wants to raise teachers’ salaries and abolish the city’s board of education, won 72 percent of the votes, routing former U.S. Rep. Herman Badillo, who gained 28 percent, according to preliminary results.

“We must move forward,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a speech following his win. “The alternative is not acceptable. It just wouldn’t be New York.”

Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer gained 36 percent of the votes cast in the Democratic primary. Public Advocate Mark Green took 31 percent. Because neither candidate won the 40 percent necessary to secure the nomination, they will compete in a runoff next week. Mr. Ferrer is vying to become the city’s first Hispanic mayor. He benefited from a high turnout of Hispanic voters—roughly 29 percent, or some 5 percentage points above that of previous elections.

He wants to issue report cards on schools and raise money to train parent leaders. “I understand the transforming power of education. It meant the difference in my life—transporting me from a tough street in the South Bronx and giving me the chance to run for mayor,” Mr. Ferrer said in a postprimary speech.

His rival in the runoff, Mr. Green, has pledged to streamline child-care services and implement prekindergarten for the city’s 3- to 5-year-olds. He also wants to give the mayor direct control of schools.

The New York Council of Supervisors and Administrators, the city principals’ and administrators’ union, has endorsed Mr. Green. The United Federation of Teachers, the local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, endorsed Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, the fourth-place Democratic finisher.

Education at Issue

The outcome of the Nov. 6 general election could help decide some major education issues, such as whether control of the city schools should be wrested from the board of education and given to the mayor. Such a step would require state legislation. Other matters that may hinge on the result include how open the district will be to privatizing school management, the outlook for teacher raises, and the future of Schools Chancellor Harold O. Levy.

Added Robert L. Hughes, the president of New Visions for Public Schools, a local education fund: “There will be necessary shifting in the budget ... but it would be a mistake to cut the schools’ funding as we’ve done in other times of emergency.”

Related Tags:

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
What’s Next for Teaching and Learning? Key Trends for the New School Year
The past 18 months changed the face of education forever, leaving teachers, students, and families to adapt to unprecedented challenges in teaching and learning. As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
How Data and Digital Curriculum Can Drive Personalized Instruction
As we return from an abnormal year, it’s an educator’s top priority to make sure the lessons learned under adversity positively impact students during the new school year. Digital curriculum has emerged from the pandemic
Content provided by Kiddom
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management 10 Ways to Tackle Education's Urgent Challenges
As the school year gets underway, we ask hard questions about education’s biggest challenges and offer some solutions.
2 min read
Conceptual Image of schools preparing for the pandemic
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management Reported Essay Principals Need Social-Emotional Support, Too
By overlooking the well-being of their school leaders, districts could limit how much their schools can flourish.
7 min read
Conceptual Illustration
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management From Our Research Center Educator Stress, Anti-Racism, and Pandemic Response: How You're Feeling
A new nationally representative survey offers key takeaways from teachers, principals, and district leaders.
EdWeek Research Center
1 min read
2021 BI COVER no text DATA crop
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management Download 8 Tips for Building a Digital Learning Plan That Conquers Chaos
Craft flexible strategies, encourage experimentation with new instructional models, and regularly solicit feedback.
1 min read
onsr edtech tips