Mayor Bill de Blasio is not making the grade with his handling of city schools, according to a new poll of registered Democrats in the Big Apple.
A survey of 601 of the voters found that 57-percent believed that public schools are heading in the wrong direction.
A total of 53-percent said they disapproved of de Blasio’s overall stewardship of the nation’s largest system, according to Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Garin Hart Yang Research Group.
Conducted from Feb. 17-22, the survey was commissioned by Education Equity Campaign, an advocacy group that backs the expansion of accelerated education programs.
The organization includes cosmetics executive Ronald Lauder, a graduate of Bronx Science.
In a similar poll conducted in March of 2019, only 42 percent of registered Democrats disapproved of Hizzoner’s school performance while 50 percent felt that the system was on the wrong course.
The poll also found that 77 percent wanted to maintain the current system of specialized high schools — while 88 percent also backed public financing for expanded prep classes for the entrance exam.
Education Equity has backed City Council legislation that would compel the city to fund universal test prep.
Critics of the single-test entry system argue that it is a narrow measure of student potential that has elbowed out African-American and Hispanic city kids from contention.
Backers counter that the test is a color-blind assessment of preparation that has forged some of the country’s strongest public schools.
The poll found that 80 percent of polled Democrats also supported the expansion of Gifted and Talented classes.
De Blasio recently announced that the program would be completely revamped next year.
“It’s clear the mayor has lost the faith of public school parents in our city,” said the Rev. Kirsten John Foy, an EEC Board Member. “We need leadership that’s prepared to tackle the inequities in our education system that have been made worse by the pandemic. We also need leadership that will listen to parents who want public funding for more tutoring, an expansion of specialized high schools so we can identify more talent in underserved neighborhoods, and a clear plan for the future of Gifted and Talented programs.”
City Hall spokesperson Avery Cohen said: “Hundreds of thousands of children are now safely learning in classrooms – more than any other major city in America.
“Our reopening plan remains the gold standard for schools across the nation, with our safety and health precautions now included as national CDC guidance. The Mayor moved heaven and earth to reopen our schools, and the results have paid off. That’s what leadership looks like.”