Education is the great equalizer, and all children in New York City should have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for employment, society, and a lifetime of productive, engaged citizenry.
The New York City public school system is the largest public school system in the country, and the Mayor of NYC and his chancellor are at the helm. With this stature, the Mayor can improve K-12 education, higher education, and control the CUNY education system.
For decades, our education system has failed to provide children with an equal opportunity to succeed. Despite the $34 billion allocated to the Department of Education annually, our city is not spending its budget effectively.
School closures, poorly funded resources, large class sizes, caps on accelerated programs, and a lack of school choice have contributed to poor educational outcomes for New York City children.
Upon graduating from New York City’s public schools, every child should have a developed, real-world skill that enables them to find a job, start a business, or pursue higher education. That will require the expansion of vocational training in the high school curriculum and the growth of after-school programs.
To give all our children an equal opportunity to succeed, I will call for a comprehensive overhaul of K-12 and beyond.
In addition to this comprehensive overhaul, I will implement college degree pathways to help make college more financially accessible for New York City residents.
While working with CUNY and New York State legislators, I will advance legislation that mandates all New York City public colleges and universities offer three-year college degree programs to students. My plan will save NYC residents an entire year on tuition, allowing them to earn a salary one year earlier. In addition, my Three-Year College Degree Pathways program will put students in a $53,188 better financial position than college students in the current four-year degree status quo.
The main goals of my K-12 education reform plan include:
- reopening our schools
- refocus education on individualized teaching and smaller class sizes
- improve working conditions that empower our teachers and reduce attrition rates
- expand after-school programs, and incentivize community involvement with new tax credit programs
- expand school choice by increasing the number of charter schools, independent private schools, and religious schools
- increase the number of accelerated and gifted programs throughout New York City
- expand vocational training in all high schools and after-school programs
- re-evaluate and eliminate wasteful Department of Education contracts