New York City schools are the most racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse in the nation, yet they are deeply unequal. In the summer of 2019, the City announced the adoption of 62 recommendations focused on diversity and integration in public schools, following recommendations from the DOE’s School Diversity Advisory Group. To achieve these goals, we must focus on resource allocation, funding equity, and community-led initiatives to integrate schools.

City Hall Update: My Recent Work on Education Issues

An equitable high-quality education is a fundamental right for all children in New York City. Here is what I am doing to help expand more equitable opportunities for our children.

  • Computer science is integral to many current and future careers, but we don’t know much about how it’s being taught in schools. This bill requires that the department of education report information on the extent of computer science education New York city schools.
  • Equitable funding is essential for ensuring an equitable and high-quality education for all students. This resolution calls upon the New York State Legislature to fully implement the education funding requirements for New York City from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York case.
  • Foreign language instruction is important to ensure a generation of students who can navigate our complex and multilingual society. This resolution urges the State to pass A.329/S.554, which is a bill to implement more foreign language instruction in elementary schools.
  • Three of our district’s participatory budgeting winners this year include funding for air conditioning and new water fountains, new computers, and a new gymnasium.

Education Resources

For general information regarding your child’s NYC public education including grades, attendance, fitness, transportation, and more, sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) app.


Sign up online: using the unique NYC Schools Account Creation Code your school sent you about NYCSA. 

Sign up in person at your child’s school.

Liason for Students living in Homeless Shelters or Temporary Housing

Find a liasonThe McKinney-Vento Act secures the right to remain in school prior to experiencing homelessness and the right to transportation. For general information, visit or call the NYS Teachs infoline at 800-388-2014


Liason for students in school district 3

Iris Gersten

333 7th Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10001

Telephone: 917-339-1718



Liason for students in school districts 5 and 6

Rakeyah Hameed-Evans

333 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001

Telephone: 212-330-9449



Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Committee on Pre-K Special Education (CPSE)

For general questions regarding students with IEPs in school districts 3, 5, and 6, please contact: 

Fabiana Czemeriniski

388 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027

Telephone: 212-342-8300

Requesting a mediation with your school (Manhattan)

New York Peace Institute

111 John Street, Suite 600 New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-577-1740


Special Education Services in NYC Public Schools


Hotline: 718-935-2007


Pre-K Programs in NYC Public Schools


Telephone: 718-935-2009


Transition to Kindergarten in NYC Public Schools



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