Looks like outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is serious about running for governor next year.
On Sunday in his speeches at churches in Harlem de Blasio promoted his education record and statewide year-round schooling proposal.
De Blasio revealed his newly announced proposal to give New York State students an option for summer school and expand after-school programs for them — initiatives funded by increased taxes on the rich.
“Here’s what I want to create in this city in this whole state … Every family should have a guarantee, every family should know that your child can be in a safe, positive place, not just until the school day ends at 2:30 or 3 o’clock, but until the end of the afternoon, the end of the workday. It should be a guarantee,” de Blasio said.
“It should be a right for every family to know that, if you want your child there the whole day long, you can have that,” de Blasio added.
The chief city executive further explained that he wants all Empire State pupils to be able to spend their summer days in “beautiful, positive” settings modeled off The Big Apple’s new summer-school program City Hall dubbed “Summer Rising.”
“How about every family has a right in summer, if they want their child in a positive environment, if they want their child yes and the recreation, arts and culture that the fun, but also to get academic support throughout the summer to build them up?” he said.
“Remember, we used to hear about summer school, which was like if something went wrong, you got sent to summer school.
Well, this takes this idea [and] puts it on its head, and says, ‘Let’s make summer a beautiful, positive time and give a universal right to all parents,” he added.