Faith in our public school frontline educators has not only survived the lies, schemes and indecencies of a bygone Gracie Mansion absentee resident, sundry media rogues and other accomplices in full retreat, but has strengthened ever since a pro-education mayor, not prone to insulting the intelligence of New Yorkers, took office after a dozen years of mindless antagonism.
Confidence in the public school system has again been vindicated by parents who know their children best.
They have applied for pre-kindergarten slots in such record numbers that, despite expanded availability, placement in our public schools are at a premium and not all first choices could be accommodated.
There are other options, but parents are clamoring for the top of the line. The city is striving to meet demand and will hopefully do so sooner rather than later.
We also need additional educational and wrap-around social programs to be instituted in all boroughs and implemented in our school hubs.
They are integral to the mayor’s vision and essential to the well-being of the multitudinous neighborhoods, distinctive yet unified, that are the calling card of our city.