As City Council Speaker Christine Quinn prepares for a run for City Hall, she continues to distance herself from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, especially on education. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
To Christine Quinn, classrooms shouldn't be filled with textbooks, they should have tablets instead.
"By using tablets instead of textbooks the possibilities really are limitless," Quinn said.
This was just one idea the speaker proposed on Tuesday during a speech at the New School. She was laying out her education platform -- part of her potential run for mayor this year.
"Mayor Bloomberg and the DOE have taken key steps in the right direction," Quinn said. "But I don't think anyone in this room or anywhere in the five boroughs would argue our schools are where they need to be."
She says she can build on the legacy of the so-called education mayor, but was also trying to distinguish herself. She challenged Bloomberg on the school closings that have come under his tenure.
"We should see it as an ultimate last resort when all else has failed," Quinn said.
Quinn says she wants to create a "red alert system" to help failing schools and prevent them from closing. She said she wants to extend the school day until 6 p.m. at the 100 neediest schools and create a new deputy mayor for children.
Quinn says the city can use the money we already have to pay for these new programs, it just needs to reprioritize it.
"The proposals we put out there today, $300 million, we can find those funds in-house with what we have through better management and better programs," she said.
That's in contrast to some of Quinn's 2013 rivals.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for early childhood education.
By and large, education advocates and the teachers' union gave the speaker's proposals high marks.
"She is willing to separate herself to some instance from the mayor's direction that he's been going in over the last 12 years," Zakiyah Ansari from New Yorkers for Great Public Schools said.
"I think if a new mayor comes into office that really wants to listen to parents and make them partners, I think you can do that without spending a lot of money," Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children said.
"Is it going all to be done immediately? No. Is it going to take innovation and money? Yes," said Manhattan Councilman Robert Jackson.