For one, there is the issue of mayoral control of our school system. As Councilman Eric Ulrich explained in an op-ed, the state needs to continue to give the mayor control of public education policy.
This was something mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg fought for, and although it took a long time, it exists for a reason. Without mayoral control, we have no point of responsibility. We would go back to what troubled pitching staffs refer to as a bullpen-by-committee.
If we are serious about improving education, we need to have accountability, regardless of what our thoughts may be of any particular mayor. In fact, even if Mayor Bill de Blasio’s popularity were waning, we would still want to know where the responsibility rests on education.
What the city needs to avoid, and policy makers like Ulrich would most likely agree, is going back to when education was a mega-bureaucracy where nobody really knew who was in charge.
The second issue is allowing the education tax credit to be a part of our educational funding stream. This will allow parents some relief in choosing the right school for their children. It would benefit private schools, many which are struggling to stay open.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, issued a statement to New York City Catholics that was read following mass last Sunday. In the letter, Dolan expressed support for the tax credit.
This reform would ultimately benefit both public and private schools, as it could provide relief for overcrowded public schools. If it does not work, we can always go back to what we have now. This issue’s only major roadblock is the Democratic delegation of the Assembly.
This tax credit is a way to give parents more choice in the education of their children. The wealthy don't need this, the middle class does.
Rand Paul Wrong On National Security
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and his work to stymie surveillance programs in the United States, is putting the country at risk.
But he is not necessarily doing it for his own political gain, as many suggest. In fact, Paul may actually believe that we need less government in this area. He is wrong.
We are living in dangerous times. It is not some doomsday scare tactic to argue that the threats we staved off in the last 12 years are more serious now. Even with added surveillance, we are still widely at risk since we are a free society. At least the National Security Agency is working to smoke out potential threats.
The libertarian right loves to default to the Constitution, which is impossible to argue against. It's impossible, with the exception of the reality that we are living in times that were not foreseen by our founders.
They may have seen technology coming, and they probably figured that our economy would grow and become more industrialized. The current international threats were likely not on their radar, despite the warnings of foreign entanglements.
A lot has changed in the last decade - a great deal of that change coming in the last year. The Constitution only exists as long as the republic exists.