William Thompson Jr., the comptroller, might not be the only mayoral hopeful jumping into the education conversation.
Tomorrow night, Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens in the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak before a group of about 600 charter school parents and supporters in Brooklyn at an event that will also feature Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.
Many assume Mayor Bloomberg is the obvious mayoral candidate of choice in the charter school world. Weiner’s decision to attend the event tomorrow night suggests he might try to challenge Bloomberg’s “reform” mantle.
The event, happening at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is sponsored by the lobbying group Democrats for Education Reform, which has pushed for aggressive changes to public schools including not just charter schools but more closures of failing schools and tough, test-based accountability measures.
Joe Williams, the executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, said Weiner has been a supporter of charter schools for a while and favored lifting the state cap on the number of charter schools.