The poster chil­dren for po­lit­i­cal pawns

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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.”

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