Educators running for the doors, students running the classroom, school shutdowns, vaccine mandates and resource redistribution continue to plague the most segregated yet overly funded school system in the nation. The next mayor of New York will inherit a system that is already broken, but will they have any success in turning it around?
Former NYPD captain and mayoral front-runner Eric Adams has positioned himself as a man of law and order.
He favors improving police forces from the inside out rather than defunding them. He understands that raising taxes in the city will only create an exodus of high earners and make it more difficult for the city and state to be able to hire teachers, police officers and public workers. He has spoken vehemently against identity politics, calling out his more progressive counterparts for empty promises.
Adams appears to be one of the few reasonable Democrats left in the flock. He has the potential to serve New York City with just what it needs: radical centrist policies.
Among his most controversial ideas is the proposal to keep schools open year-round and provide a summer-learning option to give working families more flexibility.
Back in high school, I would have gouged my eyes out at the thought of missing summer break. Adams’ plan, however, does not necessarily mean more schooling; it simply means more choices and less learning loss. If implemented, students would have more, shorter breaks placed throughout the semester.
This proposal might be a solution for the summer “brain drain.” Learning loss might have been exacerbated by school shutdowns during the pandemic, but it has always been around. Data suggests that the annual loss of knowledge accumulates every summer and results in the loss of 18 months of learning.
“By greatly expanding summer school options, we can much better use our education infrastructure by creating more flexibility for parents in how — and when — their child receives their education,” Adams explained in his education plan on his campaign website.
In addition to the lack of flexibility, city officials often fail to address the imbalance between funding and performance.
Do you think Eric Adams will make a good NYC mayor?
Yes: 85% (23 Votes)
No: 15% (4 Votes)