The quality of a child’s public education in New York is unfortunately and unnecessarily often determined by what neighborhood they live in and how much money their family has. .
This leads to unforgivable racial disparities that limit the futures of thousands of our kids, year after year.
We now have a chance to completely reimagine our education system by:
- Opening paths to success and closing disparities.
- Offer remote learning through the internet as a free service.
- Institute a year-round school year.
- Focus on healthy and holistic learning environments and methods.
- Improve college and career paths by increasing choice options such as real-work experience centers.
Our immediate focus should be on improving remote learning, which has been a disaster for thousands of families.
This is both a failure of our City government and the internet providers who have been promising for years to improve access to lower-income New Yorkers and have not delivered.
COVID-19 threatens to deepen the disparities even more, as lower-income families without adequate internet access and childcare options struggle with blended and remote learning.
We can and must do something to correct this injustice. Internet providers need City approval to operate in New York. We should be using that leverage to force them to connect the families of schoolchildren and offer free service.
I believe the key to improvement is opening as many paths to success for our students as we can, and to focus much more on how they learn—not just what they learn.
To do that, I will desegregate our schools, institute a year-round school year, significantly expand school and instruction options, prioritize universal access to both online and in-person classes, feed our kids only healthy food in schools, and focus on the holistic growth of every student.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world."
– Nelson Mandela