Category: Education

Volunteers and I hit the streets to promote free summer meals for kids

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

Free Summer Meals for Kids!

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?

Letter to Schools Chancellor: Close the gap in mental health care

flyer stating mental health care in NYC schools 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

Schools need a broadband “czar” to ensure better public school wifi; new report from my office shows wide variance across 70 campuses

Pubic school building in sunlight 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

My Brother’s Keeper forum takes aim at opportunity gap in education

Gale smiling with my brothers keeper group 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

Students across the city return to school

Gale handing out flyers to parents in front of a public school 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

Brewer statement on Regents’ approval of new computer science teacher certification

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

Brewer and Rodriguez react to postponement of Health Careers High School closure vote

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

Capital funding available; find out how to apply

I want the broadest possible pool of applications for the next fiscal year’s capital funding projects. Capital grants are long-term investments in property or equipment, as opposed to expenses such as salaries, utilities, or consumables. My office capital grants available to community based non-profits and public schools. But not every school or non-profit is aware of our grant program. That’s the purpose of information sessions my staff conducts to educate… Read more

Brewer greets students and parents on first day of school

Brewer greets father and daughter on first day of school Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer greeted students and parents at P.S. 189 in northern Washington Heights on Thursday, Sept. 7, the first day of the new school year. Greeting students and parents, Brewer and her staff handed out help guides in both English and Spanish with contact information for school administrators, parent coordinators, and other key officials, to help parents remain engaged with their kids’ education and communicate directly… Read more