Fully Funding Public Schools
Public education is the most important service that government can provide. It has made the American dream possible for generations of citizens and every student in New York is entitled to a chance to realize that dream.
My plan to strengthen and enrich New York’s education system includes:
- Securing needed funding to reduce class size, secure and retain the best teachers, and stay abreast of an ever-changing technological landscape.
- Opposing Mayor de Blasio’s plan to change the admissions process for Specialized High Schools, which serve only 5% of high school students and 1% of all students city-wide. This plan will disproportionately affect students in Districts 20, 21, and 22, many of whom are from first- and second-generation immigrant families, and is not a comprehensive solution to address the bigger issues facing our public schools.
- Increasing after-school program availability, which has proven benefits to students and families including improved academic performance, reduced risk of bad behavior, additional exposure to extra curricular arts and physical education activities, all in a structured and supervised environment.
- Making New York the first state in the nation to constitutionally guarantee free, quality education from pre-kindergarten through college for every student so that funding for these vital initiatives will always be available and not subject to the political whims of Albany.