What Will Education Look Like After Bloomberg?

The Nation

For twelve years, the Bloomberg administration has neglected the needs of millions of public school students, specifically low-income students of color, English language learners and students with special needs. In results released on August 7, fewer than 20 percent of black and Latino students were rated proficient on new math and reading tests aligned with the Common Core—reflecting the administration’s failure to engage parents and prepare teachers and students. The Urban Youth Collaborative is demanding an end to the dependency on high-stakes testing, a moratorium on school closures as a result of test scores and a curriculum that prepares students to be critical thinkers. Over the past year, students ran seventy-five workshops and a ten-day bus tour to engage New Yorkers on educational priorities—and reducing high-stakes testing was among the top three. As the new school year begins, students will ramp up pressure on mayoral candidates to take a stand on policy reforms, push for the new administration to select a chancellor who will respond to our priorities and call for the city to take the lead in implementing alternatives to high-stakes testing.