Andrew Cuomo just tapped Bill Gates to help him 'reimagine' what New York's public schools will look like when they reopen in the fall
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and billionaire philanthropist
Bill Gatesare working together to "reimagine" New YorkCity's public schools before they reopen in the fall, Cuomo announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday.
- Cuomo didn't provide specifics on the reforms, but questioned the need for physical classrooms, "with all the technology you have."
- The billionaire philanthropist's previous effort to improve test scores in low-income schools "did more harm than good," Business Insider reported in 2018.
- Cuomo is also planning reforms to New York City's transit and healthcare systems as it recovers from the worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.
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New York's public school system, the largest in the country, has been closed since March 16 and will remain closed through the rest of the school year as the city battles the worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country. Though Cuomo did not provide many details on his plans for the school system or the collaboration with the
"The old model of everybody goes and sits in a classroom and the teacher is in front of that classroom, and teaches that class, and you do that all across the city, all across the state, all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why with all the technology you have?" Cuomo said during his daily press briefing on the pandemic Tuesday.
A representative for the Gates Foundation did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment on its role in the pending reforms.
The collaboration with Cuomo won't be the first time the Gates Foundation has experimented with education. The billionaire-led organization spent $1 billion and seven years working on an initiative to improve test performance for students in low-income schools by closely monitoring teacher effectiveness. A report by independent think-tank RAND reviewing all the Gateses'
Cuomo also outlined other forthcoming changes to the state, including closing the city's previously 24/7 subway system nightly for cleanings and initiatives to make its healthcare system more resilient.Read the original article on Business Insider
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