I received an email a few days ago stating that the Mayor of New York City wanted to meet with some bloggers to discuss NYC’s education issues, and that I was one of them! I was very excited, this was a huge first for me.
I approached the security booth and told them I was a blogger here to meet with the Mayor. I was ushered right in! We do not always get treated this nicely, especially as we are heading in to speak with the top political figure in our city!
There were 2 issues being discussed, Universal Pre-k, and after school programs for middle schoolers. My son will be a middle school student this coming September (I hope!) , and I have been following the on going education battles in this country for along time so I was very interested to hear what was being said.
As my quote states in the NY Daily News:
Mitch Chaitin, who runs gaynycdad.com, said the cause was more important than ever with students facing more rigorous state and federal standards. “The Common Core is so demanding, I think we need universal pre-K to get them there.”
I detest the Common Core program, I think it is a sham, but it may be here to stay for a long time, so for practical reasons we must learn to work with what we have. Adjusting it is a topic for another day and another meeting, and the Mayor said that will be happening. These are long range issues and the conversation has started with some of NYC’s more vocal parents. Parents of private school children, charter school children, and public school children. The Mayor included many diverse groups of parents!
I was honored to have been part of this blogger group and especially wanted to thank Rebecca of Kidzvuz.com who not only arranged this, but also arranged our meeting with Citizen de Blasio last year, when he was the last place candidate. I bring that up to point out that this is a man who made a promise as a candidate for Mayor: to be inclusive. 1 year later, as our new Mayor, he started to make good on that promise by inviting the bloggers to Cit Hall. I am proud to write about promises kept by a politician since it seems we too often read about the promises continually broken by them. But not by this Mayor!
And here is the proof, last years picture with the last place mayoral candidate who we helped become Mayor of NYC: