Education

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
"My administration will offer a full continuum of support at every stage of a young person’s life."

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.

A Quality Education For All

Education inequalities in New York are so systemic that we barely acknowledge them anymore. I was one of the first high school students to be bussed in the city, from South Jamaica to Bayside, in order to reduce segregation and inequality. That was more than 40 years ago, and those problems are still as persistent and pervasive as they were then. To make our education system more equitable, I will:

  • Significantly expand learning options in the summer to prevent the summer slide and provide parents with more choices.
  • Invest in equity by directing far more capital dollars and programmatic funding into struggling districts.
  • Creating the world’s best remote learning experience.

A Whole-Child Approach

In the City school system, evaluations of our students mostly stop at grades and test scores — and we often ignore critical challenges impacting their performance, such as learning disabilities, health care, and trouble at home. If we are going to be truly successful in providing a quality education to all young people, we have to look at the whole child and provide what they need to succeed — inside and outside of the classroom. I will do that by:

  • Identifying and supporting students with disabilities and other learning challenges.
  • Providing healthy eating options and social services directly in schools.
  • Creating more culturally-aware classrooms.

Developing Young Minds, from Prenatal to Career

The City’s responsibility for our young people should extend far beyond the years they spend in our schools. In fact, some of the most important help and attention from the City can come at the very beginning of a young person’s life and right before they enter adulthood.

That is why my administration will offer a full continuum of support at every stage of a young person’s life: from prenatal care to childcare to school to professional development to job placement. I will do that by:

  • Providing childcare for every parent who needs it.
  • Greatly increasing job training in high schools and matching students with internships and employers.
  • Creating a mentorship program for youth aging out of foster care.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world."

– Nelson Mandela

"I ask you to fight with me for your future and that of your children. I stand with you!"

-Eric Adams,
The People's Candidate

"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

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