11. How could the city ensure that all of our public school students receive instruction from qualified instructors?
As Mayor, I’ll ensure there is at least one full-time certified art teacher in every school by the end of 2022. At the heart of my approach is my proposal for the nation’s largest teacher residency program — and a goal of minimizing teacher churn and recruiting 7,000 new teachers. Under my proposal, the City would recruit aspiring teachers to work in New York City classrooms for a full year alongside a mentor teacher. These residents would be paid a modest stipend during the program while they complete their studies and earn full certification. The program would help us to add diversity to our teaching ranks while also making sure our newest teachers get the support they deserve.