As for education, Mr. Lhota said one of the key differences between the two candidates is their stance on charter schools.
“He’s trying to do everything almost to eradicate the charter schools. He wants them to pay rent. He doesn’t want them co-located,” Mr. Lhota said. “Those two items alone will annihilate the charter schools in the City of New York, and that’s absolutely the wrong direction to go in.”
Two things to say here:
First, making charter schools pay rent won't "annihilate" the sector.
It might make it a little more difficult for charter school operators like Eva Moskowitz to expand their franchises.
But it won't annihilate them.
Second, Bloomberg has done his best to "annihilate" traditional public schools, especially the large high schools.
How many have been destroyed since he took office?
Almost all of them, that's how many.
So if anybody is doing any "annihilation" around the public education, it's Mayor Bloomberg and the education reformers who ally with him.
But you know what might "annihilate" charter schools?
Making them play by the same rules as traditional public schools.
Making them take any student who applies.
Making them own their cohorts so that no matter how many students they try and dump or counsel out, those students remain in their stats until they age out.
Making them abide by the new teacher evaluation system with all the insanity it involves - the mandates, the extra testing, the data tracking, etc.
Because the charter operators don't do so well when they're playing on equal footing with the traditional public schools.
And why would they, given the 26 year old principals and 50% teacher attrition rates?
So Lhota can talk his charter school talking points all he wants.
De Blasio is not looking to annihilate charters by making them pay rent.
He's simply looking to make them pay for the space they have that they're taking away from the public schools.
Given the funding the charters get from the hedge fundies, they can afford it.
Eva can just hold another hedge fundie poker game and get Joel Klein to show up again.
I bet that could raise enough rent money for a while.