NYC schools Chancellor David Banks outlines fixes for ‘broken’ education department

NYC schools Chancellor David Banks outlines fixes for ‘broken’ education department

In his first major policy speech to education department brass, New York City schools Chancellor David Banks offered sharp criticism of the system he inherited.

His Wednesday address acknowledged sharp enrollment declines, lingering concerns over school safety both from violence and from COVID, and, three school years into the pandemic, a battered trust among families and school staff.

“There are so many things that are broken as I come here as chancellor. It’s amazing to me,” Banks said, his voice bouncing off the walls of the rotunda at Tweed Courthouse, the lower Manhattan headquarters of the New York City education department.

“Families decided to vote with their feet, and to say, ‘We’re going to find other alternatives and other choices for our children,’” he continued. “That’s an indictment of the work that we have done.”

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