“This will ultimately be the nation’s largest effort to expand computer science eduction for our children”. Of the 738 city students who took the Advanced Placement examination in computer science in 2014, only 19 percent were black or Latino and only 29 percent were female, according to DOE data.
Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce the next phase of his education plan Wednesday.
It won’t be a walk in the park for NYC’s authorities, though: not all teachers are trained to teach computer science classes, and it’s not like graduates of computer courses flock to schools to become teachers.
Wilson, along with his wife Joanne, recently financed the creation previous year of New York’s first high school devoted to computer science, the Academy for Software Engineering.
“Students are manipulating technologies possibly from infancy”, she told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. Kelly has a unique perspective on crime, homelessness, the direction of New York City, and Mayor de Blasio, and he joins us this week on Up Close.
“Think about the world we live in now”, he said.
Computer science is just one part of the mayor’s education reforms.
One initiative will be to hire a reading specialist for every elementary school.
All elementary and middle school students will graduate with these skills, whether they’re in the Bronx or Park Slope or Staten Island, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in the video.
With these initiatives, de Blasio is aiming to reach a high school graduation rate of 80 percent over the next 10 years.
The mayor plans to hold up his administration’s success in launching universal pre-K – there are now 65,000 4-year-olds in pre-K, more than the number of students in the entire Boston public school system – as evidence it’s able to tackle sweeping changes to the sprawling school system.
Mayor de Blasio’s equity agenda is essential to ensuring that students across the board have the opportunity to experience a quality education regardless of race or socioeconomic status.