We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to completely reimagine our education system —
And we cannot forget just how much is at risk. We have to provide what students and parents need to succeed — inside and outside the classroom.
We will do that by:
- Developing a whole-child approach
- Expanding learning options in the summer
- Increasing job training in high schools
- Creating the best remote learning experience in the world
The quality of a child’s public education in New York is often determined by their ZIP code and how much money their family has. This system leads to unforgivable racial disparities that limit the futures of hundreds of thousands of our kids, year after year.
COVID-19 has deepened those disparities even more, as lower-income families without adequate internet access and childcare options struggle with blended and remote learning.
We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to completely reimagine our education system. I believe the key to improvement is opening as many paths to success for our students as possible, and to focus much more on how they learn — not just how they perform.
To do that, I will desegregate our schools, 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.
And we cannot forget just how much is at risk. Poor education and lack of preparation leads to incarceration.
As much as 80 percent of Rikers Island inmates do not have a diploma or GED and a third of college-aged inmates read below a fifth-grade level; the vast majority of them are Black and Brown. A large percentage of inmates have a learning disability.
We can fix these problems and close the racial performance gaps by greatly improving the educational options for parents and students so each child gets a quality education that is designed for them. Here’s my plan to turn our education system around.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world."
– Nelson Mandela
"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu