Chancellor Farina responds to John Quaglione's request to extend STEM Summer in the City Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2017
CONTACT: Hank Sheinkopf (212) 725-2378
BROOKLYN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE URGES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO MAKE STEM SUMMER PROGRAM OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS
Brooklyn, New York – On June 14,2017, City Council candidate John Quaglione (R-43rd District) urged NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina to change a Department of Education policy to allow all New York City students to register for the STEM Summer in the City Summer Program, regardless if they attend public, private, or parochial school.
Quaglione recently spoke with the parents of a middle school student who wanted to register their age eligible student for the program, but were denied based on the fact that they attended a Catholic school.
"I believe that all students should be eligible to enroll in any Department of Education Summer Program of their choosing, regardless if they attend a parochial, private, public or charter school, or are homeschooled. These parents are contributing to the STEM program by paying New York City taxes, so it is only fair that their children should have access to it. As the father of two daughters, this is especially important for our young girls since women already face significant bias in STEM fields. I am urging the Department of Education to adopt this change for the 2017-2018 school year. If it is not amended, I will introduce City Council legislation to level the playing field as your next City Council Member," said John Quaglione.
In his letter to the Chancellor, Quaglione wrote, "As an educator, I think you would agree that all students should be academically challenged during summer vacation. These NYC summer school programs would do just that, and as knowledge is power, thus the chance to learn should never be denied to any student."
On Monday, Chancellor Fariña responded,” We have special lists for these parents and are going through these lists now if any parents are still interested. High School seats are very limited but there is space is some of the other programs.”
John Quaglione is working to identify exactly which other programs the Chancellor is referring to and how children can get on these “special lists.”
The STEM Summer in the City Summer Program is a free, five-week program designed to engage middle and high school students in hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.