The poster children for political pawns
Mayor de Blasio claimed Monday that schoolchildren shouldn’t be used as “political pawns” in the battle over control of the city’s education system — as he positioned several kids in backpacks as props at a news conference.
De Blasio was speaking in the City Hall rotunda when an adult brought students from the Bronx Academy of Letters near the mayoral lectern to hold signs saying, “PASS MAYORAL CONTROL.”
“Come on over here. You, too, come on,” Hizzoner said upon noticing the kids.
“This is the issue. Here’s what I hear all the time: We don’t want our children treated as political pawns. We want them given the education they deserve.”
Principals-union President Ernie Logan — who stood with the kids — initially admitted inviting them, then claimed, “They just came in.”