June 25, 2013

AS LOW AN OPINION AS I HAVE OF MIKE BLOOMBERG, IT’S TRUE THAT HIS SUCCESSOR WILL PROBABLY BE MUCH WORSE:

As the Bloomberg era is ending in New York, teachers’ unions are licking their chops. More than ten years ago, Mayor Bloomberg wrested control of the public school system and embarked on an ambitious agenda of reform, instituting measures such as giving principals greater control over their budgets, making teacher tenure more difficult to obtain, closing non-performing schools, and opening scores of charter schools in their place. . . .

Michael Bloomberg hasn’t been a flawless Mayor—far from it, in fact. But the Dem party hacks lining up to take his place don’t exactly fill us with hope either. For all his shortcomings, we suspect that New Yorkers, especially New Yorkers with children, will miss Mayor Bloomberg when he’s gone, perhaps a lot sooner than most think.

New York’s dysfunctional governance will be much worse once it’s back in the hands of those hacks, even though Bloomberg is more annoying.