As a former school teacher, Sal Albanese understands education in New York City from the ground up.

As a former school teacher, Sal Albanese understands education in New York City from the ground up. He taught in the city’s public schools for 11 years and graduated from Brooklyn’s John Jay High School before earning degrees at CUNY, NYU, and Brooklyn Law School. As they did for him and his family, Sal is committed to ensuring that New York City’s schools continue to play a pivotal role in elevating families from the working to the middle class and beyond.

Providing a world-class education for every New York City student won’t be an easy task. A major investment in our schools, a commitment to supporting students early, and a collaborative approach to education will be the cornerstones of Sal‘s education policy.

Sal‘s plan:

• Consolidate programs like Head Start and pre-Kindergarten under a single city agency, eliminating financial waste and increasing access for thousands of our students.

• Revolutionize early education by creating programs that engage our students from age 0-3, pivotal years for developing basic learning skills. These will include the city’s first public pediatric wellness centers, where multidisciplinary teams of educators, psychologists, and doctors can work with parents to ensure that every student enters school with an equal opportunity to learn.

• Eliminate the two-tier wage system Mayor de Blasio instituted that keeps pre-K teachers poorer than their K-12 peers. Pre-K is too important to be used as a playing card in a game of ‘race to the bottom.

• Establish authority with accountability for public school principals. The de Blasio administration has micromanaged and mismanaged school leaders, making it impossible for them to run their schools in the best interest of our kids. We need a mayor capable of letting principals lead while holding them accountable.

• Reform the way we recruit, train, and support our teachers, including a more rigorous student teaching experience, creation and expansion of  immersive internship programs, and regular classroom feedback.

• Introduce a 21st century curriculum that puts New York City students at the forefront of technology, engineering, and computer science education while embracing the arts, music, and fitness programs as key components to a well-rounded education.