Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams released a new report outlining key priorities for equitable investment in and renewal of the city’s school system as the city works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The paper, “Invest in Education,” explores how New York City public schools can better support and empower young people across the city. It comes two years after city school buildings closed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the city and state now remove some COVID precautions from schools.
The report outlines several key priorities for improving accessibility and equity across the system, highlighting a series of areas in need of attention and investment. Among them are ensuring the health and safety of students in the classroom amidst the past two years of trauma, creating healing-centered educational environments where all types of students can thrive, developing offices and programs to better serve the most vulnerable students, and expanding and implementing extracurricular initiatives that complement classroom learning.