Education is about building a more equitable city. Our kids deserve the best education that will prepare them for the 21st century. Our parents deserve to feel reassured that the local public school is the best choice for their child.
As a proud NYC public school graduate (PS 321, IS 88), a parent of two multiracial kids, and sister of a DOE special education teacher, Kathryn knows firsthand what our teachers, students and parents are facing.
Building an equitable city means ensuring high-quality public schools are available to all families, regardless of zip code. We must abandon the scarcity mindset–that there can only be a few “good schools” to compete over.
Instead, we will implement structural change that will desegregate schools and incentivize better educational outcomes, so that families feel confident that the closest school to their home will provide the best education for their child.
The world is changing. We must make sure our kids are prepared to succeed in the 21st century and in the green economy. Students should see schools as more than just a stop on the way to graduation. Instead, schools are there to build your skills and talents and put you on a pathway to who you want to be. As mayor, Kathryn will focus on youth talent development and build a pipeline to careers.
In too many schools, our teachers are faced with kids that may not have had enough to eat at home or may not have a home at all. We will be hyper-focused on the 140 schools with more than 20% of homeless students. Schools are not just centers of learning, they are centers for community support. We will ensure that schools are safe and offer services and stability for families, not just students.