Mayoral Elections, School Reform, and Labor Unions

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Here’s today’s WHYY Newsworks column:

You know it’s silly season when the big N.J. mayoral election news of the day is that Eva Longoria endorsed Shavar Jeffries for Newark mayor while Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, a.k.a. P. Diddy endorsed Jeffries’ opponent, Ras Baraka. Election Day is next Tuesday, May 13, and in closely contested races in both Newark and Trenton, candidates are pulling out all the stops on the campaign organ.

In both troubled cities, concerns about public education — student achievement, charter school expansion, equity, school funding – loom large. But more broadly, education politics serves as a proxy for very different philosophies of what constitutes progress.

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