THE NEW YORK POST by Cindy Adams 03/03/2013.
“I have great ideas to help the city fiscally. Sell naming rights to our 1,000 bus stops. Rent out our 468 subway stations at $10,000 a month. For money to redo the crumbling schools, sell their air rights."
Tom Allon. Age 50. Patriotic in red tie, white shirt, blue suit. Democrat turned liberal Republican. President of Manhattan Media, which includes Avenue magazine. And approximately the 305th contender for Bloomberg’s job. So . . . why . . . ?
“Our second-rate education system’s gone downhill for 40 years. Seventy-five percent of students leave unprepared. One in five graduate college. We’re not adequately training teachers. We train doctors better. If you don’t trust a kid with bad knees to an unfit doctor, why to an unfit teacher? Fifty percent of teachers leave the system in five years.
“My three children have gone to private and public school. I know there’s better methods to teach kids.” READ MORE