Much has been made of how liberal and progressive Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is on education, and how much he's going to change the Bloomberg education regime once he takes office.
Ending-colocations! Charging charters rent! Appointing Randi Weingarten (or Josh Starr) as Chancellor!
His education views have won him the endorsements of not only the UFT (after Thompson lost) but also Diane Ravitch.
Much less noted has been the fact that de Blasio basically supports mayoral control of the city's schools, rather than the more decentralized (and arguably democratic) process of borough-dominated or even independently elected board members appointing a Chancellor independent of the mayor (like in LAUSD and many other districts).
Supporting mayoral control puts de Blasio in the same camp as Republican mayors like Rudy Giuliani, Mike Bloomberg and centrist Democratic mayors like Rahm Emanuel, Adrien Fenty, Kevin Johnson, and Anthony Villaraigosa.
Officially, de Blasio says he's going to "improve" mayoral control by giving CECs an advisory vote on some issues and enhancing the role of Citywide Ed Councils. He and the other Democratic candidates all said they wanted to keep the same basic setup, with minor variations. See them on video from GothamSchools here. Checker Finn recently mocked de Blasio's notions about improving mayoral control as vague and unworkable.
Liberals' views on de Blasio reminds me of liberals' views on Barack Obama, who was thought by some to have been deeply supportive of local control in Chicago but turned out to be quite something different.