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Charter Group is Told ‘No Thanks’ for Help in Congressional Race

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012 12:00 am

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries received the backing of the Mayor Bloomberg-linked lobbying group StudentsFirstNY in his upcoming Congressional primary against City Councilman Charles Barron, but promptly rejected the pro-charter-school association’s support, saying its “unregulated money” had no place in the race.

Mr. Jeffries was the first candidate for office to receive backing from StudentsFirstNY, an offshoot of former Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s national organization that promotes the expansion of charter schools, merit-pay systems for Teachers and the end of seniority-based layoffs.

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