Education

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.

Building an equitable city means ensuring high-quality public schools are available to all families, regardless of zip code

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.

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.

Today, our streets and sidewalks are a losing battle between competing uses.

HIGHLIGHTS

Abandon the scarcity mindset and ensure every school and teacher can succeed

Take a structural change approach to integrate our schools

Prepare our kids for success in the 21st century economy

Education x Climate

Media Coverage

BROOKLYN MAGAZINE

"We have to fund the education system in elementary schools evenly and ensure they have art and music in those classrooms. It’s so important for all of our kids to be creative, and that means we need to empower principals and teachers and get rid of some of the insane bureaucracy."

CITY LIMITS

For decades, critics have faulted the lack of connections between most U.S. high schools and viable job paths, and the prevalence of a model that focuses on general college prep. Garcia is pledging to change that by putting career counselors in every high school, getting the private sector to offer 10,000 paid internships to high school kids and guaranteeing a job, among other steps.

CHALKBEAT

"We need to focus on helping students catch up from 18 months of stop-and-go learning and heal from the mental and emotional demands of the pandemic. That means more guidance counselors, social workers, arts and music classes, summer school, and smaller class sizes. We can pilot creative models to increase student-teacher ratios"