Committee Chair: Niki Cubides
Public education in New York City has seen rapid, potentially transformational change in the 21st Century. Breaking a long-term precedent, New York State agreed to mayoral control of City schools early in the administration of Michael Bloomberg. Since then, many new and smaller schools have been created, and the City has claimed progress in raising student attendance and achievement from alarmingly low levels.
The Women’s City Club has long been committed to improving public education in New York City. Our priorities have included smaller class sizes and fair funding of public schools, opposition to tax-payer vouchers in non-public schools and monitoring the effects of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Our education programs examine the changing public school landscape; recently we’ve focused on charter schools and the small schools initiative. Currently we’re working to reinstitute physical education in every public school as a powerful deterrent to childhood obesity.
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