Whether cities have new administrations coming in, or incumbents remaining at their post for another term, now is the time to take a closer look at the role mayors play in education reform, and in jump-starting a stalled movement.
Paul Reville, former Massachusetts secretary of education under former governor Deval Patrick, explains why he thinks it is time for the country’s mayors to take the lead to improve public schools.
"In order to overcome widespread inequity in child development and education supports, opportunities, and outcomes, we must dramatically redesign, align, and integrate our systems of child development and education. If we personalize supports, services, and opportunities starting in early childhood, tailor instruction to meet each child’s needs, braid health and social services with schools, and provide access for all to high-quality expanded learning and enrichment opportunities, then we will ensure that all children — and all means all — have a much fairer chance of succeeding in education and in life."
Cities need more family and community-based services: supports and opportunities to address the most basic needs like food and shelter, and more complex provisions such as access to opportunities for out of school learning and enrichment. With community-centered efforts like StriveTogether, Communities In Schools and Say Yes to Education, mayors, school leaders, community organizations and branches of local and regional government can come together to build cradle-to-career pathways designed to assure that all of our children have access to the supports and opportunities necessary to prepare them for success in college and careers.
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