Past Features

March 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 5)

Mayor Bloomberg Holds Press Conference at Lehman

Michael R. Bloomberg with Lehman Students, Ricardo R. Fernandez, Matthew Goldstein, Joel Klein, and Dennis Walcott
Mayor Bloomberg answers questions from a group of Lehman students—all graduates of NYC public high schools—prior to his press conference on March 18. Among those listening are Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, and Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis Walcott.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg held a press conference at Lehman on March 18 with New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein to announce an increase in the number of New York City high school graduates who are enrolling in CUNY senior and community colleges.

Mayor Bloomberg noted that Hispanic graduates of public schools have outpaced the rising CUNY enrollment overall. This trend parallels the City's increased high school graduation rate, he said, and indicates that more New York City students are now prepared for college-level work, even as the admissions process at CUNY schools has become more competitive.

Jose Taverez, Justin Simmons, Orlando Urena, Natalie Garcia, Stephanie Vasquez, Luis Forrero, Adelpha Rodriguez, Mayor Bloomberg, President Fernandez, Diorvic Gonzales, Vincent Subervi, Emmanuel Vera, Michael Hintze, and Davi Santos
L-R: Jose Taverez, Justin Simmons, Orlando Ureña, Natalie Garcia, Stephanie Vasquez, Luis Forrero, Adelpha Rodriguez, President Fernández, Mayor Bloomberg, Diorvic Gonzales, Vincent Subervi, Emmanuel Vera, Michael Hintze, and Davi Santos.

About seventy percent of CUNY students are graduates of New York City public schools. This fall, CUNY expects enrollments to top 250,000 students, the highest level in CUNY's history. The Mayor, Chancellor Klein, and Chancellor Goldstein were joined by Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Marcia V. Lyles, Lehman President Ricardo Fernández, and Hostos Community College President Dolores M. Fernández.

"The encouraging results," said Chancellor Goldstein,"are due to sustained efforts by both CUNY and the New York City Department of Education, including CUNY's work to raise academic standards and offer portals of entry for all students, and the City's work, led by Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein, to establish mayoral control and emphasize accountability. Today, the partnership between CUNY and the Department of Education is arguably the most comprehensive program of educational collaboration in the country to improve student readiness."

President Fernández welcomed the mayor and the two chancellors to Lehman, noting that two of the small high schools with which the College is associated—the High School of American Studies at Lehman College and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music—were both recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its recent survey of the nation's best high schools. He also pointed to the work of the Bronx Institute, particularly its GEAR-UP project, which is currently working with 8,400 students in thirty-seven schools.