9. With hundreds of schools out of compliance with NYS Education Department instructional requirements, will you publicly call on the NYC DOE to properly enforce and implement city and state arts learning mandates?
I will fight to democratize the NYC Department of Education so that you never have to wait on any mayor of New York City to ensure that your children get the arts education they need. While the democratization process is ongoing, I will publicly call on the NYC DOE to properly enforce and implement city and state arts learning mandates. This enforcement will be a condition of employment for the Department chancellor. I will also call on the State Assembly to fully fund any promised arts education programs for our students. This is beyond an educational issue for me. I view this as a mental health issue as well. It is critical that our students receive help to recover from COVID induced mental anguish. I am convinced that the arts play a vital role in recovery for our students. State funds for mental health should be made available to be used for arts programs to take advantage of their therapeutic nature for people.