Kings County Politics: Mayoral Race: Donovan Rolls Out Education Platform

Former Obama-Biden Administration Housing Secretary and mayoral candidate Shaun Donovan yesterday his public school education platform which includes getting all police out of schools, utilizing more public/private partnerships, and doubling the size of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program over five years.

Donovan said the nearly 10,000-word in-depth education platform, entitled A Million Strong: Repairing, Rebuilding, and Reimagining New York City Public Schools for ALL our Kids cultivates and celebrates diversity and incorporates an equity lens to ensure that the benefits of new initiatives make their way to all students, particularly students who are from low-income households, students of color, multilingual learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness.

“COVID-19 exposed deep-rooted injustices in our public school system and it also demonstrated the incredible resilience of our dedicated educators, students and families who continue to persevere during these tough unprecedented times, which is why as we recover from this pandemic, we must rebuild our educational system in order to tackle long-standing inequities and to create real pathways to economic opportunity for every student,” said Donovan. “This plan builds a seamless cradle to career continuum, celebrates diversity, creates safe and inclusive learning environments and prepares the next generation of New Yorkers for family-sustaining jobs.”

The policy ideas outlined in the nearly 10,000-word platform lay-out a vision for schools that cultivates and celebrates diversity and incorporates an equity lens to ensure that the benefits of new initiatives make their way to all students, particularly students who are from low-income households, students of color, multilingual learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness.

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