Education has been a major focus of the Bloomberg administration, will be a key aspect of Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy, and is taking center stage among issues of the 2013 city elections. Bloomberg education policies have been focused on raising school accountability, grading schools, closing failing schools, breaking up large schools into multiple smaller schools, co-locating schools, opening new schools, increasing the number of charter schools among those, furthering school choice for students, and enhancing the use of technology in schools. Candidates for office throughout the city are taking on the Bloomberg education platform and, in most cases, doing so critically. This often includes discussing Mayor Bloomberg and his Department of Education’s dealings with the teachers union, which have not yielded a new contract to replace the one that expired three years ago nor a deal on a new teacher evaluation system, which stirred much controversy in late 2012 and early 2013.
In 2012-2013, New York City schools educate about 1.1 million students in about 1,700 schools throughout the five boroughs. The school system is vast, diverse, and contains examples of impressive success stories, startling examples of failure, and everything in between. The future of education in New York City schools will very much be determined by the next mayor and the other officials elected in November.
Be sure to investigate the resources below as well as candidate profile pages to see what is being said about education throughout this election season.
Key questions to consider:
- Which aspects of the Bloomberg education agenda should be continued, which should be abandoned, and which should be altered?
- How can New York City ensure that every child participates in an excellent educational experience?
- What should be done to help schools that are failing?
- How should teachers be evaluated?
- How should students be evaluated?
- How should schools be evaluated?
- Should the increase in charter schools continue?
Resources for more information:
- NYC DOE
- School Book.org (WNYC)
- Gotham Schools
- Inside Schools (The New School)
- The United Federation of Teachers (NYC Teachers Union)
- Educators 4 Excellence
- New Yorkers for Great Public Schools
- Alliance for Quality Education
- The New York City Public Schools After Mayor Bloomberg (CUNY)
- Students First NY
- Harlem Children’s Zone
- Families for Excellent Schools
- Success Academy Charter Schools
- The New York City Charter School Center
- NYC Collaborates
- A+ NYC
- Diane Ravitch’s Blog
- Student Voice
- The Innovative Educator