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Among the next mayor’s responsibilities, he or she will take charge of the country’s largest school system with nearly a million students and more than 1,800 schools.

New York City public schools were rocked by the pandemic, with dozens of Department of Education staffers dying of COVID-19, untold numbers of families affected by the pandemic financially and personally, and Mayor Bill de Blasio making often last-minute and confusing calls around closing schools, establishing remote-learning protocols, and then re-opening schools.

The ensuing months of remote learning, followed by delays and system-wide

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