mayoral control

mayoral control

an almost-deal

mayoral control

uncertain future

past deadline

one day more

opinion

dear de blasio

who's the boss?

who rules the schools

rumor has it

it's a deal

deal or no deal

wheeling and dealing

on the clock

Man with a plan

blast from the past

mayoral control clash

who rules the schools

testimony time

making his case

"Political Football"

ain't over til it's over - and it's over

who rules the schools

aint over til its over

hail mary

cap dance

Voter Turnout

who rules the schools

mayoral control

school rule

compromising control

q poll

defending the system

From Classrooms to 'War Rooms'

local assessments

who rules the schools

who rules the schools

Real (Estate) Talk

who rules the schools

New York

As mayor, Allon would oppose testing but keep mayoral control

Tom Allon speaks about education policy at the New School near Union Square. Upper West Sider and mayoral hopeful Tom Allon would oppose testing in elementary schools — even though the state, not the city, sets the testing schedule. That was one of several policy positions he outlined for a sparse crowd of principals, campaign volunteers, and teachers’ union leader Michael Mulgrew yesterday evening who gathered to hear his first policy speech about education. Allon, a former teacher and political outsider, said he wants to be the “education mayor” — a mantle Bloomberg sought early in his administration. Allon briefly taught English and journalism at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School; aided city officials in the creation two small high schools in Manhattan; and sent three daughters to public schools. The speech itself contained few hard proposals but instead focused on challenges facing the school system and a handful of small-scale solutions that are already in place, such as teacher mentoring programs that the UFT runs. It was when audience members pressed Allon for specifics that he offered ideas of what an Allon administration might look like. (His five likely competitors in the Democratic primary have also started to stake out their education platforms, but none has yet delivered a policy address on the subject.) Like Mayor Bloomberg, he would favor mayoral control and school choice. But like some of Bloomberg's fiercest critics, he would slash the Department of Education's central bureaucracy and reduce the emphasis on standardized testing. And on some issues, he would strike out for a middle ground.