NYC Schools Chief Blasts Mayoral Candidates Over Remarks at Education Forum

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In unusually caustic terms, Mr. Walcott said he was “appalled” by the remarks of five Democrats at a forum on Saturday, in which the candidates denounced Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s focus on test scores, charter schools and the closing of low-performing schools.

Mr. Walcott called The New York Times on Monday to express his frustration after he had read a transcript of what was said at the forum, which was sponsored by the United Federation of Teachers.

Calling their words “unconscionable,” Mr. Walcott accused the candidates of harming the reputation of Education Department employees by questioning gains in test scores during Mr. Bloomberg’s 11-year tenure.

“They are either not aware of what’s going on or want to misstate the facts,” Mr. Walcott said.

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