Katie Kieffer

The problem with Success Academy, from de Blasio’s perspective, was that Success Academy had become too successful. He could not bear to see children overwhelmed or corrupted by progress. So, out of the goodness of his heart, he attempted to shutter Success Academy by barring it from sharing public school space.

Some people say de Blasio has ulterior motives since charter schools like Success Academy are generally non-union. Plus, de Blasio is been pushing hard for what even the New York Times calls an “unusual,” “longest-ever” 9-year contract with teacher’s unions—making some New Yorkers wonder whether he’s in bed with Big Education. Some parents blame de Blasio for robbing their children of access to intellectual advancement. At least one mother feels like her only option is to home school her children. But how could such a caring man as de Blasio; such a lover of children; such a knight in shining armor put his own political career above the future of America’s youth?

By now, me dear reader, ye may fear that I have been drinking green beer! Don’t ye worry. Here is the point I intend to make: de Blasio is full of blarney.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."