7. What would you do to ensure that every school in the city has the resources to provide every student with a quality education that includes the arts?
I believe art funding is being robbed by principals to fulfill other budget needs due to unfunded mandates. My administration will push back on all mandates at the state level unless the state commits to funding those mandates at 105% for the first year with continued budget line items in the 5 year forward plan. Art funding and education is more important than do-nothing administrative positions that are required to satisfy someone in Albany or City Council. Cutting the arts budget by 70% is not sustainable when most city schools were not providing the required art education before the pandemic.