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Education donors laid low in recent mayoral fundraising push

Council Speaker and mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn with UFT President Michael Mulgrew at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Michael Duffy remembers the moment he decided City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was his pick for mayor. It was in the summer of 2011, at an informal lunch with community leaders that Duffy attended. Duffy, who formerly oversaw the city's charter schools office, said Quinn gave her unqualified support for the controversial practice of giving charter schools free space in public schools. "She went right to the issue and said that charters couldn't grow in the way that they have been able to without co-location and that's why she thought it was a good policy," Duffy said last week. Duffy, now the managing director at Victory Education Partners, went on to contribute $1,250 to Quinn's campaign and has helped her raise thousands more from charter school leaders. Most of those contributions came in 2011, however. Donors from the education world largely sat out of mayoral fundraising activities over the past six months, according to campaign filings released last week. Duffy, who is planning to open a charter school in New York City in 2013, contributed $250 to Quinn this year. The small donation made him one of the only charter school leaders to give to any prospective mayoral campaign so far in 2012. "Folks are all over the map in terms of their views of the mayoral candidates," said Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, a political action committee that supports candidates who favor the expansion of charter schools.
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