Details Emerge on de Blasio's Education Agenda

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio speaking at Columbia University about his early childhood and afterschool education plans. (Eileen Barroso/Columbia)

We play excerpts from an education forum at which Mayor-elect de Blasio spoke and discuss the latest transition news with Wall Street Journal political reporter Michael Howard Saul.


Michael Howard Saul

Comments [11]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Does the NYC Board of Education become the uber family because the home life of some students is bereft of values that promote health, proper breakfast and lunch, study, hard work?

Maybe a Pre-Pre-Pre-K will help.

Nov. 27 2013 12:10 PM
Fay from Queens, New York

This proposal that our new elected major is trying to implement is of vital importance as he stated. It will definitely alleviated and lower crime. Our children needs directive in their life's. Single parents have it hard working and raising their kids. I am a protect of this although, I am graciously proud to raised both sons who are an asset to our society.

With the growing baby boomers, most of who. more than willing to volunteer their time to assist in the after school program, e.g. Assisting with home work, reading and teaching on how to respect their fellow people, etc. Wisdom is wealth and some of our seniors are willing to share their wisdom to the youths.

Nov. 27 2013 10:29 AM

Most NY & NJ multimillionaires have already left for low tax jurisdictions like Florida, or even Singapore.
Even extortionist-in-chief Cuomo recognizes that NY is driving away its golden geese.
Further raising taxes on the rich will cost revenue.

Nov. 27 2013 10:28 AM
mike on long island from long island

is dinkins for real? tax hundreds of thousands of working schlubs instead of a vastly lower number of 1 percenters. yeah, thats democracy. you were a one term, lousy mayor, please go away.

Nov. 27 2013 10:22 AM

Unless that was a 'head fake' by Dinkins...
Suggest something worse, so DeBlasio's plan seems more palatable.

Nov. 27 2013 10:20 AM
khadija Boyd from Brooklyn

I recall very well when my child was in elementary at PS.3, then Middle School & Hi-School at SOF. After-school were vital for not only the children but as well for parents, who work long hours. After-School programs were fantastic and immensely varied and geared towards the child's particular interest, be it dance, painting, music, martial arts, gardening, cooking, etc... When funds were cut, all the children pitched in, including parents, to attempt to keep programs alive and thriving. Thanks to the PTAs of District 2. kind regards. k

Nov. 27 2013 10:15 AM
Sarah from BPC

In my daughter's well-funded (by parents) middle-school there's a wealth of great programs available to their kids. Art, science, homework help, music. The most glaring offering is Kaplan Test Prep that comes in to prepare the kids who plan to take the competitive high-school test. It strikes me as an extra leg-up for kids that already have a great start. I think these kinds of programs should be available city-wide, ESPECIALLY for families who can't afford the extras.

Nov. 27 2013 10:14 AM
Fishmael from NYC

I applaud de Blasio's proposal. Can there be comment, though, on how realistic his strategies are for getting the necessary funding. I hope it can be done, but .... how much does Albany have to do?

Nov. 27 2013 10:10 AM

Any education agenda of de Blasio (as well as any of his contendors who stood a chance) will inevitably include "LGTBQ" indoctrination. How many details have emerged of /this/ insidious component?

Central to this agenda is the whitewashing and effective promotion of a gruesome, anatomy and physiology-defying, grossly unhygienic, inordinately dangerous (psuedo-)sex act (anal penetration;buggery).

Perhaps no one has exposed this as ardently, comprehensively and cogently as the emphatically /pro/-homoerotic Bill Weintraub. Weintraub, a self-described "longtime gay activist", coined the term "frot" for the phallus-phallus act that he promotes as the safe, natural, dignified, egalitarian, true form of male homosexual intercourse.

Weintraub's site is

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What would be truly /progressive/ would be for de Blasio to reach-out to Weintraub and other brave dissidents within the homosexual community and work together with them to expose the life-saving truth about this vile, dangerous act and promote far safer alternatives such as frot.

Nov. 27 2013 10:09 AM
Mary from UWS

My husband and I have no kids and won't be having any. We also make well below 1/2 Million dollar mark. However, I think both of these initiatives - Pre-K and afterschool care for middle schoolers are extremely important to the kids of our city and therefore to our city as a whole. I would have no objection at being taxed for these initiative, even at our income level.

Nov. 27 2013 10:08 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

After school is a GREAT idea.
Why don't we just extend school hours until 6PM and pay for it out of our school budget? Many of us would gladly pay increased school taxes for this.

Nov. 27 2013 10:08 AM

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