Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a victory speech last night promising, among other things, that the city's schools would see even more changes in his third term.
"If you think you've seen progress over the last eight years, I've got news for you, you ain't seen nothing yet," the mayor whooped, his face flush with triumph.
Despite these declarations, many observers wonder if the mayor's greatest overhaul of the city's schools isn't already behind him. The last eight years have seen Bloomberg win mayoral control of schools, wrestle work rule concessions out of the teachers union in 2005, and give principals power over how they apportion their budgets. The mayor has staked his claim to a third term on the idea that he needs more time to transform the schools, but whether he'll add a few touch-ups or knock down walls is the subject of intense speculation.
Some, like executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, Joe Williams, believe the mayor will make good on his promise of delivering more of the same, and therein lies the problem.