Public education in New York City is at a crossroads. Enrollment is in decline, particularly in the early grades. It’s partly due to a decline in the birth rate — but don’t discount parental discontent with the city’s schools in response to the COVID pandemic.
Mayor Adams and Chancellor David Banks are well suited to get the system on the right path once again. Both are lifelong New Yorkers with pragmatic approaches to policy and a commitment to strengthen New York’s communities. Gov. Hochul has also signaled her support in Albany with her commitment to extend mayoral control of the school system.
Together, these three can beat back those politicians who would use the schools to divide the city’s communities rather than unite them in a common vision of educational excellence.
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