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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weiner: No Extra Funding For The Arts In Schools

More and more, Anthony Weiner is distinguishing himself in this race as Bloomberg Mach IV:

It's not as if Anthony Weiner would have had any trouble standing out at an education forum today, given the almost ridiculous levels of media attention that greeted his every movement, but he distinguished himself anyway.

He stood up to answer questions while his opponents remained seated, wore a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves while they all wore dark suit jackets and ties, and said he wouldn't provide special funding for arts instruction in public schools, while all his rivals said they would.
His appearance at the event, organized by New Yorkers for Great Public Schools (a group that is opposed to many of the Bloomberg administration's signature education policies) and held at N.Y.U., marked the first time Weiner fielded questions from an audience alongside his rivals for the Democratic nomination.
Weiner's answers on a number of questions were different from those given by his rivals who were there (including Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson and Sal Albanese), and less likely to please the group that hosted the event: in addition to the answer to the question about arts funding, Weiner also defended his previous call to make it easier to remove disruptive students from classrooms, and refused to ban co-locations of charter schools without community approval. 

His education polices are by far the worst of all the candidates in the Democratic primary - worse than Quinn's, worse than Thompson's.

Merit pay, charter co-locations, screw the arts, punitive discipline measures for students - that's the Weiner platform.

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