by Halley Potter, Policy Associate, The Century Foundation
Listen up, De Blasio and Lhota. As New York City prepares for a changing of the guard pending the upcoming mayoral election, a new initiative wants to make sure the new mayor starts out with a few pointers on education. This person will have to assemble an entire strategy for education, but the philanthropic community is eager to partner in improving our schools.
Earlier this week, Philanthropy New York’s Education Funders Research Initiative (EdFunders) released two new papers and hosted a discussion on what’s working in New York City schools — and what’s not.
New York City public schools have made some impressive gains over the past decade. High school graduation rates have risen from less than 50 percent to 65 percent. But the city’s schools are still a long way from the goal of college and career readiness for all.