De Blasio had been faulted for not having an overarching schools strategy. Wednesday's speech may have put that concern to rest, although critics will now focus on the content of his proposal.

Mayor’s Education Vision Finds Fans

Some saw too much cost. Others not enough charters. But the mayor's education speech did arrange ambitious proposals within a clear agenda of fighting inequality, and some liked what they heard.

The governor' s Common Core timeout comes just a few months after he pushed to make student scores from tests based on the Core a bigger part of teacher evaluations.

Cuomo’s Common Core Move Draws Cheers, Critics

Some applauded the governor for slowing down to reconsider the way Common Core has been implemented. But others worry that Cuomo's response to a revolt by upstate middle-class parents will only sew confusion for teachers, students and their families.