Last week, both New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced initiatives to return to phonics-based learning.
Both Hochul and Murphy are following the lead of New York City Public Schools Chancellor David Banks and Mayor Eric Adams.
Banks and Adams are both graduates of the New York City Public School system, unlike previous mayors and chancellors. They know from first-hand, lived experiences, what must be done to improve teaching and learning in New York City Public Schools.
A supermajority of students do not read, write, or do math at grade level. The city’s schools have been graduating illiterate and innumerate students for decades. These students are not college-ready and end up having to take – and pay for – remedial courses, with many eventually dropping out.
This is why Mayoral Control of New York City Public Schools must be extended for four years so that Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks can improve academic outcomes to ensure students are properly educated and college-ready. New York City children deserve no less.
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