“We still have more work to do, and with our new schools and school leaders, we’ll continue to provide our children the opportunities they deserve,” Bloomberg said.
As the three-term mayor’s final months are approaching, he has set in place a plan that calls for 51 elementary schools, middle schools and combinations of both along with 27 secondary schools.
The administration has opened 656 new schools since 2002. According to the Times, the addition of the new vocational school even gained praise from public advocate and mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio.
“In the last 12 years, we’ve opened more schools so that students can take full advantage of the educational opportunities available through public education,” Walcott said.
Together, Walcott and Bloomberg have put a strong cap on the tail end of the administration.
Moving forward and settling differences with the teachers’ unions, there is still incomplete work from the current swelling transportation costs that are reaching $1 billion a year.
It is apparent that the current Bloomberg administration is making attempts to regain control of the education system. However, if he wants to clear any bad blood, now is the time to finalize any plans set to address these losses.
Democratic mayoral candidates have already agreed to readdress the transportation issue if given the chance, and it is apparent the drivers unions and education system will get the additional focus it has needed.
This should be the platform mayoral hopefuls should run on, instead of distancing themselves from Bloomberg over something as monotonous as the three-term limit.
They should get mad about something that matters and take on a grittier issue like budgeting our education system.