Democrats for Education Reform New York Congratulates Eric Adams on his Primary Victory in the Race for NYC’s Next Mayor
New York, N.Y. (July 7, 2021) — Democrats for Education Reform-New York (DFER-NY) is excited to congratulate Eric Adams on his victory in the New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary. We, along with our coalition partners, are prepared to be a resource for Adams by providing data-backed recommendations and strategies in working together to advance equity in New York City’s schools for all students.
As disparities persist across the city for students of color and those from high-need communities, it’s critical that New York’s next Mayor select a Chancellor who can advocate for educational equity. As Adams prepares to select his team, we are encouraged by voters who, according to our partner’s latest poll, want a chancellor who has experience addressing inequities that these communities face.
After learning for over a year in a global pandemic, our city’s students will need an administration that advocates for both their academic and social and emotional wellbeing. We must work together with New York City’s next mayor to make policies that benefit those who need it most and uplift their voices in the process. This path must include bridging the digital divide and diversifying the teacher workforce through increased access for educators of color.
Adams has already prioritized integration efforts in NYC schools and believes in using the lessons from remote learning through the pandemic as an opportunity to expand students’ options and digital access. We are also encouraged by his inclusion of universal screening for dyslexia as part of his education plan and are ready to assist in this fight for increased literacy and equitable resource distribution.
DFER-NY extends our congratulations to Adams and we look forward to his continued leadership in working toward a more equitable future for New York City Public Schools.