Mike Bloomberg took over a broken and dysfunctional school system and turned it into a model of reform, raising graduation rates to record highs while also launching efforts to close the racial and ethnic achievement gap that had persisted across the country for far too long.


In 2013, NYC had the most charter schools of any city in the country and was the first city to adopt comprehensive progress reports for each school. More than 126,000 classroom seats were added. More than 600 new schools were created. In 2013, high school graduation rates were up more than 42% from 2005. In 2001, the top 25 performing elementary and middle schools in New York State were all outside of New York City. In 2013, 22 of the state’s 25 top performing schools were within New York City