11. How could the city ensure that all of our public school students receive instruction from qualified instructors?
The city should commit more funding to hiring certified arts teachers, as we did in 2014. One potential way to fund these hires is by removing police from schools, which would free up $450 million. For a fraction of that, we could double the number of certified arts teachers in our schools. Additionally, as Mayor I would work closely with the DOE to ensure that the transition away from remote teaching goes smoothly. This includes ensuring that arts teachers are instructing arts classes and that students have access to quality arts education.