De Blasio touts education report, year-round school plan amid potenital run for governor

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday sought to burnish his legacy as he takes steps towards a run for governor, selling his education report and statewide year-round education proposal.

During campaign-style speeches at church buildings in Harlem, the lame-duck mayor touted his newly introduced proposal to offer New York State college students an possibility for summer time school and increase after-school applications for them — initiatives funded by elevated taxes on the wealthy.

“Here’s what I want to create in this city in this whole state … Every family should have a guarantee, every family should know that your child can be in a safe, positive place, not just until the school day ends at 2:30 or 3 o’clock, but until the end of the afternoon, the end of the workday. It should be a guarantee,” he stated at Bethel Gospel Assembly Church. “It should be a right for every family to know that, if you want your child there the whole day long, you can have that.”

De Blasio then defined to parishioners that he needs all Empire State pupils to have the ability to spend their summer time days in “beautiful, positive” settings modeled off The Big Apple’s new summer-school program City Hall dubbed “Summer Rising.”

“How about every family has a right in summer, if they want their child in a positive environment, if they want their child yes and the recreation, arts and culture that the fun, but also to get academic support throughout the summer to build them up?” he stated from the church pulpit. “Remember, we used to hear about summer school, which was like if something went wrong, you got sent to summer school. Well, this takes this idea [and] puts it on its head, and says, ‘Let’s make summer a beautiful, positive time and give a universal right to all parents.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his proposal to give New York State students an option for summer school and expand after-school programs.
Bill de Blasio introduced his proposal to offer New York State college students an possibility for summer time school and increase after-school applications.
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De Blasio, who departs from City Hall on the finish of the yr, additionally rehashed making good on his 2013 mayoral marketing campaign pledge to enact common pre-kindergarten within the 5 boroughs.

“The establishment in this town said it would never happen. But you believed, in fact you demanded, and today a New York City, called a high-quality pre-K is a universal right for every child. And we saw it worked and we saw what it did for families,” he boasted to applause from congregants at First Corinthian Baptist Church. “And now we’re almost to the point of we’re gonna have universal 3K — every 3-year-old for free, uplifted, supported, every family knows they can depend on.”

The mayor’s pair of church appearances comes after on Thursday he launched his statewide instructional proposals, whereas stopping in need of asserting a bid towards Gov. Kathy Hochul and a rising discipline of Democratic contenders within the June gubernatorial main.

“In the weeks ahead,” the mayor responded on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” when requested when he’ll make his gubernatorial run official, “I’ll certainly have more to say about that.”

Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio shaped a candidate committee with the state Board of Elections, and after he in current months signaled he’ll launch a longshot bid to function the state’s chief govt.

Bill de Blasio talked up his new summer school plan at the Bethel Gospel Assembly Church in Harlem on Nov. 21, 2021.
Bill de Blasio talked up his new summer time school plan on the Bethel Gospel Assembly Church in Harlem on Nov. 21, 2021.
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State Attorney General Letitia James — whose monumental sexual harassment probe led to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation — Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Hochul have already declared they are going to run within the 2022 race.

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