StudentsFirstNY Applauds Agreement to Extend Mayoral Accountability in New York City Public Schools

By StudentsFirstNY | April 20, 2024

StudentsFirstNY thanked Governor Hochul, Mayor Adams and the State Legislature today for standing with New York City public school students by agreeing to extend mayoral accountability.

Earlier this month, StudentsFirstNY announced a seven-figure public campaign to encourage Albany to extend mayoral accountability this year. You can watch StudentsFirstNY’s ad here.

This week, over 100 parents and students rallied in Albany to demand mayoral accountability appear in the final budget agreement.

In March, StudentsFirstNY released “Dysfunction Junction: A History of NYC Schools Before Mayoral Accountability,” a landmark report outlining the history of New York City’s failed experiment with decentralized leadership of its schools. That experiment – which began in 1969 and ended in 2002 – saw corruption and incompetence flourish under the Board of Education’s leadership. It delivered a system where no single person could be held accountable for failures in public schools.

Please attribute this statement to Crystal McQueen-Taylor, Executive Director of StudentsFirstNY:

“The Governor and the Mayor deserve immense credit for brokering a deal that extends the best governance structure for New York City’s public school students. Mayoral accountability gives parents a voice – all while delivering better results than any alternative. We’re thrilled to have played a part in this agreement, and we’re more energized than ever to fight for a great public education for every student in New York.”

StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public school options throughout New York State.