Mayor Bill de Blasio’s privately financed campaign to offer prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds in New York City spent nearly $236,000 in January and February, spreading much of the money among the same core group of political consultants behind his winning campaign last year, according to records released on Wednesday.The horror! None of this is tax money, by the way - it's all raised privately. But the Times sniffs,
For all those efforts, the campaign has fallen significantly short of persuading state leaders to go along with the mayor’s desire to increase taxes on high-earning city residents to pay for universal prekindergarten and after-school programs.MEANWHILE, the Daily News reports on another lobbying effort:
Eva Moskowitz (often presented in the press as an apolitical educator, which she is not) and her grifting cronies have spent at minimum $3.6 Million dollars in just the last three weeks to attack the new mayor.
And yet, the poor, poor charter schools should never be asked to pay a dime for rent, or to meet the same requirements of public schools. There are plenty of well meaning people, parents mostly, caught up in the charter school campaign. But the people behind the movement have a hidden right-wing agenda that centers on union-busting, rolling back labor protections, privatizing public resources and cannibalizing the public school system.
And the third story, added as this post was in progress: the NY Post (no link for you, Murdoch) is harping on deBlasio's popularity ratings, as if such things exist in a vacuum, and are not the direct result of near constant scurrilous attacks from our billionaire owned vanity press and multi-million dollar smear campaigns from Eva Moskowitz and her band of corporate raiders.
Class warfare, indeed.