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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

His mandate is broad, indeed


Worried about poor results from New York's most-expensive-in-the-country public schools?  Relax, Andy Cuomo has appointed millionaire vineyard owner Richard Parsons to fix everything.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that he has named leading education officials to a New York Education Reform Commission to look at ways to improve the state's school system.
Richard Parsons, the retired chairman of Citigroup, will chair the 20-member commission.
The commission's naming comes after Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed in February to a new evaluation system for teachers. He and the Legislature are also deciding whether to make teacher evaluations public.
Cuomo said the "mandate before this commission is broad."
Actually, Parsons is a man who dated a broad.
It's no secret that Citigroup board Chairman Richard Parsons has been working for months to repair the financial giant.
But, until now, even his closest associates didn't know he also was wrestling with a personal crisis - how to tell his wife and three children he has fathered a child with another woman.
Parsons and model-philanthropist MacDella Cooper are the parents of a baby girl named Ella.
Andy, if you want to be president, you'll need to man up to the teachers' unions and support school choice.

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