Angry New Yorker

Thursday, April 01, 2004
[ed. note - Bloomberg's approach here is essentially "may a thousand budgets bloom. Yet no where in the mantra of 'more money, more money, more money' is there even token nod that parents need to do more to instill hard work and an appreciation for education in their children. Children are born learners, but, like most of us, need to be channeled." ]

Bloomberg's Plan for Utopia in Early Education May Be Just That

N.Y. Times, April 1, 2004, at

In its face, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's detailed plans for spending $5.3 billion a year in additional state education aid is a dreamy blueprint for an ideal urban school system that would meet the needs of the city's 1.1 million students, providing everything from a new prekindergarten program for 3-year-olds to enhanced college counseling for high school students.


Mayor Wants $5.3 Billion From State for Schools
N.Y. Times, April 1, 2004

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made an audacious play yesterday for billions of dollars in state money that he proclaimed is owed to New York City to pay for the improvement of its public schools, laying out exactly how much he expects and precisely what he would do with the money.

Two days after a commission appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki found that properly educating children statewide would cost $2.5 billion to $5.6 billion a year in new spending, Mr. Bloomberg said the city should receive $5.3 billion of that money.

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