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If elected mayor, Scott Stringer said he would “dismantle” the New York City Department of Education.
“I’m going to smash that bureaucracy,” he said Saturday morning at the United Federation of Teachers’ annual spring conference. “As next mayor of New York City, we’re going to usher in a new day of fundamental change in the education system, starting with dismantling the Department of Education.”
“I think they liked that answer,” Michael Mulgrew, president of the union, cracked.
Stringer said he would “reallocate” saved cash toward classrooms, including by hiring more teachers and reducing class sizes.
“I’ve audited that bureaucracy. I know where the money is missing,” Stringer, the city comptroller, said.
The UFT endorsed Stringer in April, and said today it is standing by the candidate, despite accusations of sexual harassment made by a former campaign volunteer.
“We, as a union, we believe in, of course, due process. And because we believe in due process, we are sticking with you, with the endorsement, because that’s only right and only fair,” Milagros Colon, chapter leader at Staten Island’s P.S. 19, told him.
“I can tell all of you, as I have, that that allegation, from 20 years ago, is untrue. It didn’t happen. And there’s a lot of inconsistencies,” he responded.
Stringer’s odds of becoming the city’s next mayor, as implied by prediction-market PredictIt, were around 5% as of Saturday morning.
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