New Yorkers of all races and income levels have fled the city’s ordinary public school system, a huge vote of no confidence in the then mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership. The new mayor Eric Adams wants a very different approach – but heads of state are doubling the Blasioism.
Recent data from the State Education Department shows that Department of Education schools bleed students during the pandemic, with K-12 enrollment falling 5.6% in the past year alone to 821,000 students. And the Manhattan Institute’s Ray Domanico found that the decline was most dramatic in the lower grades: “This year’s kindergarten class is 14% smaller than the class two years ago,” with the picture similarly gloomy in grades 1-6.
It reports education site Chalkbeat now three quarters of the DOE schools experienced a decline in enrollment last year, with nearly a quarter losing 10% or more of their students. More, the decline among students from low-income families was almost double the decline for families does not Living in poverty.
It’s a clear sign that de Blasio is worst failure involved those he always claimed to care about the most – and they know it.
Saying, enrollment in public charter schools that the DOE does not control grew. Parish schools also won.
Also says: The news that charters approved by the SUNY Charter Institute are clearly surpassing nearby DOE schools. At state exams, these charter children beat their DOE peers by 15 points in English and by 25 points in math.
The report comes out just as state lawmakers are considering a bill that deprives SUNY of its legal authority to approve new charter schools. And the Legislature is simply refusing to raise the ceiling, preventing new charters from opening in the city, despite a waiting list of 50,000 children.
New York spends twice the national average per capita. pupil in his regular public schools, but far less in charters, even as an Empire State student (again, except for for charters) do only in the middle of national exams. Still, Governor Kathy Hochul’s budget plan raises spending on traditional schools by 7%, sending more good money into a rat hole. And she offers the more efficient charters only a 4.9% increase. (Her reasoning: Charters manage to use more efficiently!)
Meanwhile, the Legislative Assembly-Controlled Board of Governors and the State Department of Education are doing everything they can to lower standards and then hide the truth.
We trust that Adams and Chancellor David Banks believe in doing the right thing by the city’s children. Too bad they have to fight the state all the way.