Make no mistake: In New York City, the drive to privatize public education has ground to a halt with Bill de Blasio's election. He now has the opportunity to provide national leadership to the growing movement to rebuild and strengthen public education as a fundamental institution in our democratic society.
If I were to write that as a headline -- which I just did -- you'd probably think I was lying. In fact it's the absolute truth. This is what he wants to do. This is not a local issue. It's a test of character. To be in favor of this dump requires an indifference to poor people and children that is stunning.