Grow Our Trade Schools
New York's K-12 system is admired and envied across the Nation. Likewise, Long Island's world-leading Colleges, Universities, and Laboratories are known as gems. Our Vocational system should be seen the same way.
Our generation must ensure that the next generation is trained for the jobs we need. Trade schools must effectively reach into the public high school system. I remember feeling admiration and envy when, as a teenager growing up in Pennsylvania's "Steel City," I saw my classmates spend their afternoons at the technical schools. We should ease the path from high school into the work force, value the contributions of our young women and men while not separating them from their peers.
Every student deserves a robust, fully-funded public education system, with the highest standards for every child and school district.
Privatizing public education undermines and weakens the potential of every public school student to become their best versions of themselves. It drains public money intended for all students and diverts it to those who need it least at the expense of those who need it most. Two-tiered education robs our public school, trade school, and public university students of the vibrant, well-rounded educations they deserve.
Skills-based certifications are crucial for the new clean energy technologies we will develop on Long Island. They are essential to making it possible for our children to remain on Long Island, to find homes and raise families of their own.
I will partner with Education and Labor leaders to determine where we are challenged to provide the courses, teachers, or workers our children need, and make Long Island's Trade School system as famous as our colleges and our K-12.