Congratulations to Bill De Blasio, Tish James and Scott Stringer for their sweeping victories in Tuesday's election. They have a real mandate for progressive change, especially in the public schools.
Some friends are seeing ominous signs in the aftermath of the de Blasio landslide. We have been through a very difficult time under Mayor Bloomberg and before him it was not much better under Mayor Giuliani. Add in how we were fooled by Barack Obama, who ran to the left and except for two Supreme Court appointments, has basically kept much of the Bush second term agenda, particularly on education, moving forward and you can see why people are nervous.
Will we get "Punked" again by a Mayor de Blasio and Public Advocate Tish James?
Reality Based Educator points out that the mayor elect is praising anti teacher Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual and James has placed a prominent ed deformer on her transition team. Is this cause for concern? Yes but let's not jump off the ledge now.
What should we do?
I don't think we should wait for the other shoe to drop but instead we should stay active and demand real education reform that puts the public back in public education.
I would suggest everyone start by reading Diane Ravitch's education mandate for the new mayor.
We are going to see in the next few weeks where de Blasio is headed in terms of education. We need to push for what we want in an education mayor now.
We cannot get "punked" again by any politician.
We won so let's act like it and fight for what we need.