Last week, I sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio demanding the immediate release of FY 20 funding to the School Construction Authority so we can get technology to students who need it for remote learning. I also continue to push the NYC Dept. of Education Division of Instructional and Information Technology to finalize whatever is needed to purchase Chromebooks. More than a year after winning this battle and changing… Read more
For years, a city purchasing policy known as “Directive 10” stood in the way of using capital funds to buy tablet computers (like iPads) for city schools, because it required a five-year lifespan for such products.
After much work by myself and my staff over many years (see my 2017 op-ed in Crain’s), I’m delighted to share that Comptroller Scott Stringer has changed Directive 10 to allow capital… Read more
I led a borough-wide Day of Action today to provide parents and children with detailed information about New York City’s Free Summer Meals Program, including specific sites and times. Along with dozens of volunteers, I greeted commuters, students, and parents across the borough with detailed flyers, starting bright and early at 7:30 am.
The Free Summer Meals program is an incredible resource in the fight against childhood hunger, but… Read more
The New York City Department of Education serves over 700,000 free meals to children every day during the school year. These meals, which include breakfast and lunch, are vital to families struggling to keep their children fed and healthy. But what happens when school lets out for the summer?
Social workers have overwhelming caseloads and are stretched too thin. In fact, a 2017 study by my office found that there was a ratio of just 1 social worker to every 800 students in the borough of Manhattan.
That’s why I called on New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to make more mental health care available to students. DOE data shows there are not enough social workers or direct… Read more
Even as New York City’s technology sector grows (Amazon HQ2 notwithstanding), a survey of Manhattan public schools by my office shows that city students are lagging behind in the most basic tech currency: broadband wifi access.
My staff and interns surveyed a sample of multi-school “campuses” across the borough and conducted measurements of wifi upload and download speeds at three points during the school day: 20 minutes before classes start,… Read more
In November, we held the second meeting of the Manhattan My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which is aimed at closing the opportunity gap by supporting boys and young men of color in Manhattan. President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative in 2014 to improve outcomes for students of color in schools across the country. New York was the first state to enact the initiative into law and has… Read more
The beginning of September means back to school for more than 177,000 students in 301 public schools across Manhattan.
I was out bright and early this morning in front of P.S. 36 in Morningside Heights greeting students and their parents and handing out copies of my Manhattan Public School Help Guide, which lists the contact information for NYC Department of Education staff and the parent-run Community Education Councils (CECs). Each… Read more
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Board of Regents’ approval of a new K-12 computer science teaching certificate:
“Technology is changing our world, and there are barriers we need to bring down if our schools are going to change with it. We can’t make make computer science education truly available to all without a pipeline to train and certify dedicated computer… Read more
NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez issued the following statement reacting to the Panel for Educational Policy’s postponement of a planned vote on the closure of the High School for Health Careers in Washington Heights:
“The uptown community spoke out with one voice to save this high school, and buy-in from parents and the community is a priceless asset in public education.… Read more