There was a lot of yelling and talking over each other during last night’s debate in South Carolina.
Some of my friends emailed me that they didn’t like the tone of it. I was fine with it though. It reminded me of dinner conversation growing up.
One of my daughters, a teacher in New York, texted me: “At this point I just think Bernie is doing you doing Bernie!”
I thought I heard Bloomberg say he gave NY teachers a 40% raise. Both my daughters are New York city teachers.
“Why didn’t you tell me Bloomberg gave you a 40% raise?” I texted.
“Why didn’t he tell me?” came the return text.
Frankly I was amazed the candidates got a question about education last night. Education has been a rare topic in these debates.
This one started with a question to Mike Bloomberg about charter schools.
Bloomberg will soon roll out an education plan that will include backing the privately managed schools as an option for families, his campaign office told The Post — drawing a contrast with other top-tier Democratic presidential rivals.
“Mike’s education plan will absolutely promote charter schools,” Bloomberg campaign spokesman Stu Loeser insisted.
“The record number of charter schools opened under Mayor Bloomberg is clear. That isn’t changing.”
“Few if any people in the country have opened more charter schools than Mike Bloomberg,” he continued.
Mike Bloomberg, who oversaw a dramatic expansion in the number of charter schools as New York City’s mayor and was one of their more vocal supporters, expressed subdued backing for them during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina.
Other than Sanders and Warren all the other candidates were silent on the issue of charter schools.
Warren: “My secretary of education will believe that public dollars should stay in public schools.”
Sanders repeated his position that he opposes for-profit charters schools and will stop any federal dollars that go to them.
The difference between for-profit and non-profit charters is a distinction without a difference as far as I’m concerned.
Even non-profits that get charters will frequently use for-profit management firms to run them.
And that was pretty much it for education last night.