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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sen. Diaz Slams Bloomberg

Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz released an open letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today, in which he denounces the Mayor's approach to education and expresses regret for supporting Bloomberg's policies in the past.

"When you began your Mayoralty, you claimed your mission was to become the
Educational Mayor," Diaz' letter reads, " yet I am afraid that you will ultimately be known as the
Chaotic Educational Mayor. As a New York City Council Member in 2001, I
supported Mayoral Control of the Education Department, today, as a State
Senator, I regret that decision."

The primary motivation for the letter, according to Diaz, was a previous letter that Bloomberg ignored: In February of 2007, Diaz wrote Bloomberg to request the resignation of education chancellor Joel I. Klein as well as Dennis M. Walcott, deputy mayor for education and community development.

At that time, Diaz argued that---under Klein and Walcott--students of color were suffering from schools built in polluted areas, overcrowding, and accelerated drop-out rates.

In today's letter, Diaz writes: "Since you never responded to my letter, the situation in the NYC
public school system has worsened, and Black and Hispanic children continue
to be left behind."


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