We believe their latest initiative to provide $150 million to the city’s worst performing schools could prove to be the most effective measure yet to make that happen.
Whereas before the Department of Education would dump deadbeat schools and force students to uproot themselves from established educational and social communities, the city will now invest heavily into turning the bottom 25 percent of public schools into institutions that more fully support those students and their families.
Recently, we published an editorial calling on the city to fix the overcrowding issue in our schools, and we believe that this new initiative could go a long way toward that goal. This is because rather than shrinking the number of campuses that are servicing students within the city, we could now see organic growth from the bottom up.
Since he took office, de Blasio has done a good job pushing for a more successful education system. He’s been trying to take a school model that is rife with failures and turn it into something the public can get behind.
Under this new initiative, so as long as money ends up where it’s supposed to and the DOE uses proven, effective measures to strengthen programming and community participation within these 94 school campuses, then this could be a big turning point for public education in New York City.