Scott Stringer (D) and Michel J. Faulkner (R) went head-to-head to answer YOUR questions in a groundbreaking Open Debate moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis, and co-hosted by the Open Debate Coalition, NY1, Civic Hall, Politico, WNYC (NPR), Citizens Union, Intelligence Squared, and the Latino Leadership Institute.


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NYC Open Debates

Ask the candidates for NYC Mayor, Comptroller, and Public Advocate about the issues that are most important to you -- then vote and tell others! Watch the Open Debate for NYC Mayor right here on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm EDT. 50% of the questions will be chosen from among those that receive the most votes online. NOTE: Questions must not name or allude to any candidate and must be able to be posed to any candidate.
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Submitted by: C L. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Tammy C. from NJ
Oct. 9, 2017, 11:49 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Becky D. from IL
Sept. 29, 2017, 4:21 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Is diversity or meritocracy more important in the public school system?

This administration has mandated diversity in the public schools, preventing high performing low income students from enrolling out of district. Meritocracy is sacrificed for diversity. Right, wrong?

Submitted by: Jason G. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Would you support making America more of a Democracy than a Republic?

The reason the popular vote doesn't always reflect the winner according to the Constitution of the USA.

Submitted by: Glenn N. from NM
Oct. 3, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Will you protect public education and support our public school teachers?

I've seen the most beautiful of educational possibility suffer because of lack of funding and public support for our teachers. Political campaigns barely even mention it.

Submitted by: Debbie S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 9:44 a.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Daniela M. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Would you support a free college system in NYC?

I went to Brooklyn College in the 1970's when all CUNY colleges were free.

Submitted by: Susan L. from NYC
Oct. 7, 2017, 10:29 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What is the elementary charge?

I have been mentally ill for all my life, but an Einstein noch einmal born!

Submitted by: ACHRAF S.
Oct. 6, 2017, 6:36 a.m.
Issue area: Education

How will you ensure that girls enroll in computer science at same rate as boys?

Women are underrepresented in the tech industry, and building a pipeline of female engineers through CS education is vital to closing that gap. But girls are still underrepresented in CS courses.

Submitted by: Corinne R. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 1:59 p.m.
Issue area: Education

How will you fix the school-2-prison pipeline &its impact on black/Latinx youth?

According to attorney Andrea Ritchie, "What happens behind school doors often mirrors what happens on the streets in the context of broken windows and gang policing in the community".

Submitted by: Marsha J. from NYC
Oct. 5, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Abigail P. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What will you do to extend debt-free college to older working adults?

Id like to go back to college w/o financial worry. I got my financial aid forgiven but I cant go back to school or earn above the poverty rate for 3 yrs. I feel stifled but I cant afford the repaymnts

Submitted by: Patricia R. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What are your thoughts on apprenticeship programs for students vs a 4yr college?

The average student walks out of a 4 year college/univeristy being $37,000 in debt. Is it time to rethink traditional 4 year institutions?

Submitted by: Graeme Y. from TN
Oct. 3, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What plans would you have for making sure that the schools in this City improve?

The city schools have begun to slip back to the point where a decent education is hard if not impossible. We ended up moving to Westchester so I could get a better chance as a special needs student.

Submitted by: Gregg L. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
Issue area: Education

How would you address protecting our children while they are in school?

Amid the recent school stabbing, many parents are afraid to send their children to school. How will you keep them assured their children are safe?

Submitted by: Retu K. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Issue area: Education

Will you have all schools train their students in CPR and in the use of the AED?

We must give students the tools to approach a person in cardiac arrest in the home, on the street or in school. One life safed is worth the effort. Why are we waiting?

Submitted by: Norman C. from NYC
Sept. 28, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Why not fund ed at the fed level and let states, patents, teachers admin design

Education is critical. States, parents, local communities and teachers should be included in deciding how kids learn best in their area. Leaving programs for those who learn differently.

Submitted by: Kelly P. from CO
Sept. 28, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Issue area: Education

How will you ensure ALL children receive a high level of education to prepare them

for college or career? According to NYC Dept of Ed statistics for 2015-16, only 37% of public school students graduate college ready. In the Bronx, only 25% were college ready.

Submitted by: Somebody
Oct. 9, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Abigail P. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Issue area: Education

Do you support an end to micromanaging teachers?

When I was teaching I had to do everything in a very structured manner in order to please administration and this decreased my ability to be creative.

Submitted by: Judith E. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
Issue area: Education
Submitted by: Stephanie c. from NYC
Oct. 9, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Issue area: Education

What will you do to stop bullying in schools?

We've heard calls for more metal detectors at school entrances, but what can be done to stop students from feeling they need to bring weapons in the first place?

Submitted by: Chris S. from NYC
Oct. 10, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Issue area: Education

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