NYC defends chaotic rollout of summer school program


City Hall has tried to downplay a bumpy start to New York’s ambitious summer school program, reported this week by The Post, as Mayor Eric Adams and senior officials kicked off an expanded Summer Rising on Friday.

“I am very pleased with the work that has been done and the efficiency of its operation,” said Schools Chancellor David Banks of PS 188/The Island School in Alphabet City. “I was at a school yesterday not far from here, and the program is working so well and so well.

“You know, we’re going to hit some bumps along the way. We have 110,000 students who are part of this very large program all over New York,” added Banks – a record number of participants.

Earlier this week, administrators were left in the dark about key elements of Summer Rising until less than 48 hours before the program opened for the season related to the dismissal, digital program and supports for children with disabilities , reported The Post.

On Tuesday morning, reports circulated of families being turned away from their assigned sites, missing work or needing last-minute childcare, and parents still jostling for places in the program. highly demanded, academic and enrichment.

Mayor Eric Adams speaks to the press about the Summer Rising program as PS/MS 188 Friday morning.
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Mayor Adams speaks with people
Families were reportedly turned away from their assigned sites.
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Keith Howard, the new commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development, said one of the scheme’s 139 providers told him this week that “students reported the best kick-off to the summer of all the temperature”.

To roll out the program, Adams said students used to regress over the summer on studying and socializing, and lost access to nutritious school meals and free childcare. .

“I was happy that the former mayor made the first round of the Summer Rising program,” Hizzoner said of former mayor and current congressional candidate Bill de Blasio. “We’re now taking that and expanding it, and we’re going to keep improving it.”

A child gives a thumbs up
This child is very excited as the summer school program kicks off in New York.
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Summer Rising student entering PS/MS 188
Students participating in the Summer Rising program enter PS/MS 188.
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The city’s two newest bosses got into trouble last week over the latter’s universal pre-K program, which the mayor called a “pet project.”

Adams also continued to view summer youth programs as a way to address violence during the Big Apple’s warmer months.

“The noise of the violence really took the oxygen out of the room,” the mayor said. “We’re going to tackle the problem of violence – but while we’re doing it, we’re going to build a real foundation for raising healthy children.”

Children and family eat inside PS 188 in Alphabet City.
Children and family eat inside PS 188 in Alphabet City.
Michael Appleton/Mayor’s Photographic Office

Summer Rising prioritizes children most in need of enrollment, including students in temporary housing or foster care, or with disabilities, officials said.

“We are intentional with our resources to tackle children who are often ignored and denied,” Adams said. “This is our mission, because the child who is ignored today is a child who will harm himself or others in the future.”

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