With just three weeks before the Democratic primary, we’re pushing candidates to explain their positions on the education issues few are talking about. And now we’re publishing their answers in this special election section.
Some highlights: Public advocate hopeful Mark Green suggests the next mayor should find a new chancellor, though he doesn’t like the word “fire.” The only Republican candidate for comptroller, Joe Mendola, supports efforts to stop the growth of charter schools. And Daniel Dromm, the public school teacher running for City Council in Jackson Heights, says he supports alternative certification programs such as Teach for America.
The information comes from surveys we sent to each contender in competitive races. The survey (read it here) asks candidates for their thoughts on the growth of charter schools, how tenure decisions should be made, and whether Schools Chancellor Joel Klein should be fired.
We’ll be adding to our repository of surveys as we receive more. Candidates, send your completed surveys to email@example.com!