The real state of the city's schools: Mayor de Blasio doesn't understand what parents in the system really want and need

Tenicka Boyd is the senior director of organizing at StudentsFirstNY and the mother of a student at PS 321 in Brooklyn

Thursday night, Mayor de Blasio will be sharing his take on the state of our city, highlighting what he claims are improvements across the five boroughs. But for many families living in neighborhoods with struggling schools, the state of our city is anything but strong. These families deserve a mayor who will put their children first, and do the hard work to turn around our failing school system. Their stories paint the real picture of the state of our city.

Chronic failure continues. Gideon Gabbidor’s 19-year-old son is one of the students who has stayed at the chronically failing Boys & Girls; he will graduate this June. Gabbidor heard the mayor promise to turn the school around, but there haven’t been any improvements in his son’s classes over that time.

Read the full oped in the New York Daily News.

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