What is your education program?
One: Improve teacher development and teacher training so teachers have the means to be best and that means putting new programs in place. Two: I want to take steps to lengthen the school day. Three: I have a 7-point plan to make NYC the literacy capital of the world. By incorporating more summer reading, longer school days for schools that are having challenges with reading. I want to use more arts and music in schools to help children engage in reading. Also having a more coordinated plan from pre-K to third grade. I want to move the City’s education to the 21st century: We spend $100 million a year on textbooks, why aren’t we spending $100 million a year on tablets and devices that are really interesting to children? I want to create an online parents university to make it clear to parents that we want their voices and participation schools.
Let’s talk about your job development vision.
The next great wave of economic development is in our neighborhoods. We want to create and sustain good jobs with benefits and that means seizing on the potential of our neighborhoods. We also need to reinvigorate our ports. Also, the food economy presents us with tremendous opportunity.
Address the accusation that you are a mini-Bloomberg without the money?
I’m certainly without the money [laughs]. My job for the past eight years as speaker is to get things done for New Yorkers—to deliver. I have a record for results, which eclipses anybody who is running in this race. You get things done by working with people. We’ve grown the tech sector for manufacturing jobs where other cities were hemorrhaging them. But I did not always agree with the mayor when he wanted to lay off 4,100 school teachers, everyone running for mayor thought it was a bad idea but one person stopped the layoffs: me.
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