Mayor hopefuls Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota both agree that the more than 1 million students in New York City public schools need help. Both also say they will give a new contract to the teachers union and still want the mayor to control the schools.
But they disagree on other key points. De Blasio wants to save failing schools. Lhota likes charter schools.
Education professor David Bloomfield, who once worked for the Board of Education, said de Blasio would be the anti-Bloomberg mayor on schools. He said Lhota will run on Bloomberg's legacy: the three Cs -- choice, charter and closures -- and be pro teachers but anti-union.
Public charter schools have 50,000 students with 70,000 on the waiting lists. The charter school supporters plan a major demonstration October 8 because they fear de Blasio will be mayor and put a cap on charter schools.