Cathy Bernstein, 10th Congressional, New York

Education - Let Kids Succeed  

INCREASE OUR GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Our education system needs improvement, but instead of pulling everyone down, let's create more opportunities via gifted and talented programs in the middle schools. 

 

RAISE THE LEVEL IN HIGH SCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE PROGRAMS:

We need more Federal money to strengthen our math, computer programming, and science departments. As jobs requiring technical skills are becoming the norm, rather than the exception, we must support our youth in this changing workplace. 

 

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS:

We need more technical high schools for students who want to become--for example--electricians, plumbers, mechanics, or computer technicians.  These students need education and job training in order to prepare them for the licensing requirements that some jobs require. Not every student wants a 4-year liberal arts college education, and we need to make sure that every student in our district is well equipped and prepared for the 21st century where automation will displace many service jobs in the next decade.

 

KEEP THE SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL TEST:

The Specialized High School Test is both race and color blind and based solely on one's merits.

The population at these schools has never been owned by one group and varies from decade to decade based simply on a student's ability and willingness to work hard. Many of the students present at these schools today apply for free lunch. More than 40% of the students from Bronx Science and Stuyvesant are low income and yet these two schools combined have produced 12 Nobel Laureates. 

 

LESS INTERFERENCE BY THE LOCAL AND STATE AGENCIES WITH RESPECT TO PRIVATE SCHOOL CURRICULUM:

Regarding new guidelines from DOE, private schools, Yeshivas and Catholic Schools object to having the government dictate to them the do's and don'ts of their own curriculums. This is another example of overreach by the government, and it needs to stop. Parents are entitled to choose an education for their children consistent with their traditions and religious beliefs.

 

RAISE THE CAP ON # OF CHARTER SCHOOLS BY INCREASING TITLE 1 FUNDING:

10% of all public-school students in NYC attend Charter Schools and over 91% of the students are either Hispanic or African American. Of the entire NYC Charter School population, 81% are at the poverty level and qualify for some type of free lunch.

In a 2018 study of the empirical data by the Manhattan Institute, “Black and Hispanic students benefit enormously from the city’s robust charter sector. In math, the proficiency rate for black students in New York City charters is 24.1 percentage points higher than that of black students in all other public schools in the state; in ELA, the former enjoys a 26.4-percentage-point advantage. Meanwhile, Hispanic students in New York City charters outperformed Hispanic students in all other public schools in the state by about 20 percentage points in ELA and by about 26 percentage points in math.”

Yet, getting into a Charter School requires long lines, waiting lists, lottery tickets, and lots of luck that your child will gain a spot. Bottom line, we need to increase Title 1 funds to open more NYC Charter schools. 

‘OUR CHILDREN, OUR CHOICE”

SPECIAL EDUCATION:

Ensure that all students receive mandated services. This is required by Federal Law and at present, is still not fully being met.