FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2019
New York City Mission Society Applauds Governor’s on Commitment to Improving Education
(New York, NY)—Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of New York City Mission Society, issued the following statement about New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s educational agenda during his new term:
“We applaud Governor Cuomo for making a commitment to address longstanding fiscal inequities that have denied a fair chance to some of our state’s most vulnerable students.
Since 1812, New York City Mission Society has recognized that New Yorkers need and deserve real-world educational solutions in order to have an equal chance of rising above poverty. We have seen this approach work—both at programs in our flagship Minisink building in Harlem and all five boroughs.
The Governor’s announcement reminds us, however, that not all students have been treated fairly and enriched by a quality education.
A quality education is more urgent than ever in New York City’s dynamic workforce. That is why we are working with community partners and leaders to expand our existing supplementary educational opportunities by founding an innovative elementary charter school that is expressly inclusive and meets the needs of urban learners from low-income and diverse backgrounds.
We must ensure that all schools—public or private—lift up the dreams and hearts of all students. This mission begins by recognizing fiscal disparities and then striving to remedy them.”
About the New York City Mission Society
The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, cultural enrichment, and community-building programs, make a positive, long-term impact on the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, and providing career opportunities and cultural enrichment. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.