Stringer: “Make no mistake: if the City does not create a viable path forward for schools, those who suffer the most will be our most vulnerable children – lower-income students of color whose trajectories are most closely tied to the success or failure of the DOE’s promise to deliver a high-quality education to every child.”
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Richard Carranza calling for concrete answers on the successes and failures of remote learning, the future of remote instruction, and a comprehensive reopening plan for schools ahead of the start of the next school year. With just 76 days until the first day of school, Comptroller Stringer outlined a broad range of unanswered questions that spotlight the urgency of communicating with parents about what school will look like in the fall, and how the City will ensure that every child receives a quality education. Comptroller Stringer noted that the DOE has yet to provide parents, students, and teachers with clear information on class structures for next year nor release a transparent assessment of remote learning during the last school year. The Comptroller’s letter highlighted the deep disparities in the quality and quantity of remote instruction across schools since March and the need for the City to provide concrete data and a comprehensive strategy to improve remote learning across the entire system going forward.