Mayor Bill de Blasio is in negative territory in recent polls. The latest Wall Street Journal-NBC-Marist poll has him at 38% approval versus 58% disapproval. The perceived spike in crime is his biggest problem.
On public schools, the mayor isn't doing very well either. Last week's Quinnipiac poll had him at 35% positive and 49% negative on handling the public schools. Chancellor Carmen Farina is at 34% approval with 34% disapproving. Other city officials had positive overall ratings. The mayor even gets negative grades on the city budget.
For the UFT, the strategy of celebrating the schools does not seem to be working. Happy talk when the reality seems to be that not much has improved under this mayor or chancellor does not seem to be a smart way forward. The union might want to consider pressuring the mayor to actually improve the teaching and learning conditions instead of letting Farina do "Bloomberg lite".
Teachers I talk to think conditions are as bad, worse or only marginally improved under de Blasio-Farina. Schools aren't closed now but receivership is just as punishing in many ways. What do you think?
The good news for de Blasio is that no potential challenger exists right now who could beat him according to the Quinnipiac poll.