The four descended into a bit of squabbling when asked if they would continue Mr. Bloomberg's policy of holding back public school students who do not pass new academic tests. Mr. Miller said yes; Mr. Ferrer said he would keep the test but rethink Mr. Bloomberg's approach; and Ms. Fields said she would keep the test because under a Fields administration, "they will pass the test."
"Everybody will pass the test?" Mr. Miller asked.
Mr. Weiner said that he supported tests, and then jabbed: "If you guys are the nominee, I'm going to vote for you over Mike Bloomberg, but I don't know what you're talking about. This is a simple yes or no question. Are tests important, should we keep them? Yes, we should keep them."
Monday, August 22, 2005
Dems don't like Bloomberg, but they'll keep his tests
At yesterday's mayoral debate, the four Democratic candidates got a little testy over budget and tax issues (NYT article about the debate here). One interesting note though, all four candidates said they would continue Bloomberg's policy of holding back 3rd and 5th graders (and now 7th graders) that did not pass English and math tests. And Virginia Fields apparently promised that all NYC public school students will meet standards if she becomes mayor.