De Blasio Failed New York Kids

Alternatively, he could have decided weeks, if not months, ago to start the school year completely remote and announced that the city would gradually move toward in-person learning if conditions allowed for it.

But the mayor chose neither of those paths. He set deadlines that he refused to put in the work to meet, sowing chaos and ongoing frustration for families and teachers alike. How on Earth did he not foresee a staffing shortage? De Blasio has failed our kids and is teaching them a lesson about political leadership that I hope they never forget.

Our children have endured six months of hardship and fear and Zoom calls and canceled plans, and far too many have lost loved ones to this virus. The start of school, though, was a bright spot on the horizon for my family and so many others.

But even as I told my children that September

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Schools Have Failed Children of Color During the Pandemic | August | 2020 | Newsroom

The absence of a consistent federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe setback to the education of Black and Brown students in school districts around the country.

The charge isn’t new, but the person making it brings a particularly informed perspective to the topic.

“There is no other way to say it – this has been devastating for children of color,” said John B. King, Jr. (Ed.D. ’08, M.A.’97,), who served as U.S. Secretary of Education during the final year of the Obama administration and is now President and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

The Study of Inequality: Dr. John B. King, Jr., with Provost and Dean Stephanie J. Rowley

King, who also served as New York State Education Commissioner from 2011-14, shared his thoughts in a

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