Ten Essential Policy Changes for a Truly Progressive Education System in New York City

Summary:

DFER recommends what key education issue areas Mayor de Blasio should take action on during his first four years in office. Income inequality is a central plank of the Mayor’s agenda, but to fix this problem it is also crucial to address education inequity in NYC.

In the paper, DFER presents a 10-point approach for reducing income inequality and improving educational opportunities that focus on the following four issue areas:

Developing High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten: “Although it may be easier to stretch the city’s available funds in a rush to make pre-kindergarten universal, we urge Mayor de Blasio to maintain a careful focus on ensuring that every seat open to our youngest students is of the highest quality.”

Improving the Open Enrollment System For High Schools: “Although New York City officials are quick to claim to low-income families that open enrollment provides equal access to the city’s finest public schools, today’s complicated and unfair system erects barriers between high- and low-income neighborhoods and offers fewer choices to those who have been previously given fewer opportunities.”

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