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Mayor Bill de Blasio Delivers Remarks on Education Vision for New York City

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Published on Mar 23, 2014

In Remarks at the Riverside Church, Mayor Promises to Bring People Together to Focus on Solutions that Reach Every Child and Change the Entire School System

New York City Stands Poised for First-Time to Secure Funding for Universal, High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten and After-School Programs

De Blasio Assails a 'Failing Status Quo' and Rhetoric that Divide School Communities

In remarks Sunday before the congregants of the Riverside Church, Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out his vision for New York City's schools and pledged a new approach that brings parents and school communities together. The Mayor assailed the failures and inequities of the current system, and pledged a new approach that fosters fairness and progress across the entire school system. The Mayor also urged an end to overheated, divisive rhetoric that too often distracts from an honest dialogue about making every New York City child career and college ready.

Mayor de Blasio's remarks focused on a number of specific policy ideas to improve every school and trigger real opportunity for every student -- from universal pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, to improving parental engagement, to bolstering teacher retention and support.

"My vision focuses on solutions that address the root cause of challenges in our schools -- with early childhood education and supervised after-school programs chief among them," said Mayor de Blasio. "We cannot continue a system predicated on the false choice between giving opportunity to a lucky few children, or to none at all. We are turning a page of the era of zero sum games. It's time for big, bold changes that reach every child, that take innovations and share them, and that recognize we have no greater responsibility than preparing every child, in every borough, for college and career."

Mayor de Blasio's remarks zeroed in on the core principles that will guide his administration's educational policy, including equity and fairness; refusing to tolerate the pervasive failures of the current educational status quo that leaves too many students behind; and uniting stakeholders and policymakers with a shared commitment to making the change that will lift up every student, instead of dividing school communities and pitting one family against another.

Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive, Manhattan

March 23,2014

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