New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, who helps set education policy statewide and explored her own bid for mayor last year, plans to serve as chairwoman of Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign.
Just what NYC needs Tisch as chancellor of its school system. Tisch has completely acquiesced and prostrated herself at the alter of the privatization interests in the education reform movement. The African-American children and community suffered tremendous set backs in education.
And these privatization interests composed of a crass financial elite drive the reform movement in education that benefits more its profit margin under the New Market Tax Credit bill passed during the Clinton administration while investing in projects in under-served communities rather than a genuine interest and concern for the education of poor children.
Thompson an African-American in hoping to attract these wealthy donors from this financial elite driving the reactionary education reform movement is certainly to alienate sectors of the black community that view the education of their children compromised daily by Tisch and her privatization of public education supporters on the state Board of Regents since at the helm in 2006, after serving as a Regent in 1996.
In naming Regent Tisch to Chair his mayoral campaign, Thompson not only nailed his own coffin but the move surely energizes the sector in the black community fearful she might become the next chancellor of the NYC schools.