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Comptroller Stringer releases bold plan to put two teachers in every elementary classroom and transform education in a post-COVID recovery

Stringer proposes 27-point vision to fundamentally transform the public education continuum from birth through college or career

Outlines plans for historic “two teachers” initiative, the nation’s largest affordable child care and teacher residency programs, and a comprehensive integration blueprint, with significant investments in afterschool, social-emotional health, and pathways to college and career education

As mayor, I will make the meaningful change that our kids need to put our city on the right path for generations to come.

— Scott Stringer

New York, NY – At a time when most public school students have spent more than a year struggling through remote learning, Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer today proposed a sweeping, paradigm-shifting plan that will add classroom resources now and in the long term to transform education from birth to college or career in a post-COVID recovery.

Stringer’s 27-point education blueprint to revolutionize public education in New York City includes his landmark “NYC Under 3” proposal for affordable early child care, as well as new plans to put two teachers in every K-5 classroom and launch the nation’s largest teacher residency program, confront inequities across the system, support students struggling most during COVID-19, and expand pathways to college or career with major investments in afterschool, internships, college readiness, and tuition-free CUNY community college.

Stringer’s education plan, “From Pandemic to Progress,” is the fifth part of his mayoral agenda entitled “The Details to Deliver” — highlighting the need for specific, actionable plans to set New York City on a fundamentally new trajectory from the past decade and take the city forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, stronger and fairer than ever before.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said: “Like so many parents, Elyse and I have spent the last 12 months in our two-bedroom apartment helping our kids through the rocky transition to remote learning and then making the difficult decision about when it was the right time for them to go back in person. I am in awe of our heroic educators and principals who carried an unimaginable burden during an unprecedented time. And I know what our families have been up against this year when so many of our kids have not gotten the education they deserve — this is especially true in Black and brown communities. As mayor, I will make the meaningful change that our kids need to put our city on the right path for generations to come.”

A Real COVID Recovery Plan: For Education

The blow to New York City’s children caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is without precedent. The scale of the upheaval in New York City, combined with the utter failure of City Hall to proactively confront one challenge after another, has meant that the vast majority of our children have struggled — socially, emotionally, and academically — throughout the year. More broadly, the burdens imposed by the pandemic highlighted just how close to the edge many of our families live. All of this demands bold action by the next mayor to lead us past the challenges of the pandemic and towards a future that provides every child with the education and opportunities they deserve.

Comptroller Stringer said: “This pandemic laid bare the deep inequalities that run through our city — especially for our children. We cannot reopen our city, our economy, or our schools the same way we closed them. No longer can the size of a family’s bank account or their zip code determine whether or not their child has quality day care or afterschool, a learning device, or a pathway to college or a career. As mayor, I’ll lead a transformation in our schools to help our children get back on track from the pandemic, reckon with educational inequalities, and refocus our education system to give every child the resources they need to flourish — from birth to college or career. That’s how we build a city where kids — and all working families — can succeed.”

Congressmember Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan & Brooklyn) said: “There is one candidate in this race with big plans for New York City’s public schools and the skills and experience to implement them – and that candidate is Scott Stringer. In all the years I’ve known Scott, he has never once been afraid to take on the status quo when it’s not working for everyone. He has innovative, bold ideas to make progressive change in New York City, and he will be ready on Day One as mayor to lead our post-COVID recovery and build a stronger, fairer city.”

Congressmember Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx) said: “My entire life, I’ve watched our education system ignore and leave behind vulnerable communities, while politicians without the vision, courage, or skills talk a lot and do very little. Scott Stringer has a bold progressive vision for public education in New York City, the courage to fight for it, and the skills to make it a reality for New York City’s students and families – and I’m proud to support this plan 100%. Our children need our support right now, and we need a mayor that understands that and will be ready to act on Day One – and that person is Scott Stringer.”

State Senator Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) said: “Over the last year, children of color and low-income students have fallen farther and farther behind their peers who had the resources and support for remote learning. New York City’s public schools need fundamental change, and Scott Stringer’s plan delivers. I am proud to be partnering with Scott on our landmark ‘NYC Under 3’ plan to make high-quality child care affordable to every family that needs it. When Scott is mayor, we’ll pass that plan and rebuild our education system so it works for every child and family across New York City.”

State Senator Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan) said: “I have spent my career fighting to make New York City public schools fairer, and I have never felt more urgency for that work than I do today. Our public school students need a champion in City Hall, there is no one more capable of fighting for them than Scott Stringer. The plan Scott laid out today does the big things and the little things right – it is comprehensive, it is detailed, it is bold, it is thoughtful, and it will be historic. With this plan, we can transform public education from birth to college or career at a time when we need exactly that kind of vision, and I’m with Scott Stringer because he will be ready on Day One as mayor to make it happen.”

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) said: “Every single child deserves an education that prepares them for the next step in their life, whether that’s college or a career, and New York City deserves a mayor with the vision, skills, and experience to make that a reality. From a groundbreaking child care proposal, to a momentous plan to put two teachers in every elementary school classroom, to a critical commitment to make CUNY free again, Scott Stringer’s plan will transform our public education system so it works for every New Yorker and puts our city on the right path for generations to come. There is no question that Scott Stringer is the progressive leader who can win this race and make New York City work for everyone.”

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said: “For as long as I’ve known Scott Stringer, he has been deeply committed to our city’s public schools, the educators and administrators who make them run, and the families and students they serve. He knows what New Yorkers have been through in the last year, supporting his own kids through months of remote learning, and he knows the anguish that parents have felt in trying to make the best choices for their kids and families while navigating this pandemic. There is no one better equipped than Scott Stringer to step in on Day One and lead a fair and equitable recovery for New York City.”

Stringer’s comprehensive education plan will address the many preexisting challenges and inequities laid bare by the pandemic for New York City’s children and families and transform the entire continuum of what we provide to our children from birth through college or career by addressing eight core priorities:

To read the full Stringer education plan, click here.

Scott Stringer was born and raised in Washington Heights. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.

Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1992 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.