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DeMaio, Filner Oppose Education Powers for Mayor

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U-T San Diego -- While mayors of other major cities are assuming a more active role in schools, the two men running for San Diego mayor said Tuesday they have no desire to take control of city schools but plan to use their bully pulpit to lobby for education initiatives.

Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio and Democratic Rep. Bob Filner tangled in an education-focused debate at the University of San Diego that highlighted their differing views on how to best improve local schools. DeMaio favors performance-based pay and opposes the standard seniority-based hiring and firing practices while Filner defended teachers and supports increased school funding. (Full Story

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