Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks joined union leaders in supporting the mayor’s accountability

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May 9, 2022

Video available at: https://youtu.be/YyIBFGxI_Xc

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David Banks, and union leaders and members today urged the State Legislature to New York to extend the mayor’s responsibility to New York City schools and its nearly one million students. Representatives from District Council 37 (DC37), Hospitality Trades Council (HTC), 32BJ SEIU, Local 372 and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) are joined with the mayor and the chancellor to support them.

Mayor Adams highlighted the many successes of the Mayor’s accountability, including the launch of Pre-K for All, a more than 20% increase in graduation rates, ensuring that every school receives equitable student funding at 100 % and coordination of the huge inter-agency COVID-19 response. If the state does not act by June 30, control of the city’s schools would revert to the decentralized system of 32 school boards that existed before 2002 – a system that has proven vulnerable to politics, corruption and bureaucracy.

“The mayor’s continued accountability will benefit each of New York City’s nearly one million students and allow us to make transformative changes to the education system to address the systemic inequalities that have plagued public schools for years. “, said Mayor Adams. “The mayor’s accountability will also provide parents with certainty as we prepare for the summer and the following school year. We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at Albany to ensure our schools continue to move in the right direction.

“The mayor’s accountability has resulted in the establishment of mental health services in every school, the opening of the largest summer enrichment program ever and the finding of innovative ways to meet the needs of our families and our students, DOE Chancellor David Banks. “Whether it’s responding to a crisis or providing the supports needed for our children’s bold future, it’s clear that our students, our schools and our communities deserve the stability that a renewal brings. fast, and I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature on how best to serve future generations of New Yorkers.

Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks introduced a bold plan for New York City schools that includes expanded summer learning opportunities; a renewed emphasis on literacy, screenings and early intervention for dyslexia; and provide every student with a path to a well-paying career. The Mayor’s accountability is key to driving these and other new initiatives that will help address the impacts of the pandemic on learning and set all students on the path to success.

“The Mayor’s Oversight has proven to be an accountability tool for our schools that we cannot ignore,” said DC37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “It’s important that we have an education system in place that seeks to create standards, address inequities across school districts, and provide a strong foundation for our 1.1 million students. We support the extension of the mayor’s control and recognize the valuable impact he has had on the operations of the Ministry of Education.

“New York City’s 1.1 million school children should be above politics and our school system should embrace clear accountability,” said 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg. “There is absolutely no doubt that extending the mayor’s control is in everyone’s interest – students, teachers and parents. Going back in time to a pre-mayor control system would be a disaster. Our children would be the losers and our schools would be plunged into chaos.

“With thousands of our members having children in public schools across the city, ensuring they have an effective and accountable leadership structure is a top priority,” said HTC President Rich Marcoko. “We have seen how education outcomes and opportunities have improved over the last 20 years of mayorship and now is not the time to take a step back. We urge lawmakers to continue the path of success for more than 1 million children and to extend this essential policy.

“Our members depend on public schools to provide opportunities for their children. These families deserve the accountability and streamlined decision-making that only continued oversight from the mayor can provide,” said RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum. “As the expiry date for the mayor’s control approaches, no viable alternative has been offered. This is unacceptable – the children of our city must not be left behind or subjected to stifling bureaucracy and advice RWDSU supports the mayor’s continued control of our city’s public schools.

“Expanding the mayor’s accountability is a key priority for New York families and for the food service employees we represent,” said Shaun D. François, President of Local 372. “Responsibility begins with yourself, and to lead you yourself had to be in the trenches to really feel and understand what a person is going through. That’s what Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks did. , and under their leadership, we will continue to aggressively move our schools and our city forward! Stay prepared!”

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