Jive article published in today's Times that clearly came right from Mulgrew's p.r. people that says the UFT is going to endorse a candidate for 2013 and that all the mayoral hopefuls, announced and unannounced, are jockeying for his favor.
Pardon me for being redundant, but what horsehockey.
The reality is, the candidates will say whatever they need to say to the municipal unions in general and to the UFT in particular BEFORE the primary in order to garner an endorsement, then do whatever the hell the DFER's and the hedge fundies want AFTER the election.
Doesn't matter if it's Quinn, Stringer, de Blasio or Thompson - the hedge fundies make all the calls on education policy and a lot of other policies in this city and you can be sure that won't stop once Bloomberg leaves office.
If anybody thinks the corporatizing of the school system and the demonizing of teachers as THE problem in education are going to end once Bloomberg leaves and is replaced by Quinn, Stringer, de Blasio or Thompson, I've got a for-profit charter school chain I'd like to sell them.
As always, hope to be wrong on this kind of thing.
But I doubt I will be.