5 thoughts on “Ambitious Brooklyn School Desegregation Plan Stirs Excitement, Faces Hurdles

  1. District 15 is 30.11% white and 16.14% Asian so you actually have white and Asian kids to spread around. But do you really think that white and Asian parents are going to tolerate their kids having to go to 2nd rate schools and be dragged down academically? Many Asian families are leaving Sunset Park for Staten Island so their kids can attend better safer schools.

  2. So much of this is driven by where people actually live. D15 is an artificially drawn area where the different neighborhoods don’t have any affiliation to each other. Humans sort themselves into groups naturally, and this is gonna do little to change that. In the end, where you live, proximity to school and where their friends go matter more than anything else. Something that this article highlighted more than anything, but the recommendation from the diverity group has fundamentally missed.
    The recommendation seems to me fatally flawed by wishful kumbaya group think, where rational and practical suggestions based on data has been shunned in favor of identity driven politics peddled by interest groups. I hope the DOE is has the sense to see that it’s not practical to enforce, and it will drive parents of higher performing students to private and charter schools.
    The proper response to address the inequality is to funnel resources and money to underperforming elementary schools to give kids and parents in less privileged situations the same opportunities. Level the playing field from the ground up, instead of inserting artificial fixes later on when the circumstances are already skewed.

  3. unless private, charter, and parochial schools are included it will have little effect as to functionally socially and economically integrated classes. but the sentiment is appreciated. i went to ps 27 when it effectively was the school for the ‘projects.’

  4. WXY’s list of recommendations is much stronger than it was in the penultimate workshop, so it is to be commended for taking critical feedback seriously. It doesn’t go far enough, though. There is too much, “encourage” and “ensure” language, and not nearly enough “require” language. To be a serious policy, there must be sticks to go along with the carrots.

    Principals, schools, and superintendents who don’t make progress on these issues must be penalized by losing their jobs. No excuses. If they don’t perform the central role of their jobs, which is to deliver a quality education to every student, regardless of circumstances, then they should not continue to be employed by NYC taxpayers. Period.

    Moreover, the language in WXY’s list throws up some red flags when it calls for more funding. The NYC DOE is already lavishly, lavishly funded. They miss-spend $24 billion dollars, and still can’t crack the top three quartiles of student performance, nationally. In other words, NYC spends three times the national average per student, but delivers 1/4 the results. NYC taxpayers should demand their money back. For that kind of investment, NYC schoolkids should be the best in the world, not bringing up the tail end of education in a country whose public education system brings up the tail end of education in industrialized countries. It’s a disgrace, and must change.

  5. Inconvenient truth: Only 2 schools in Brooklyn had both greater than 25% of their eighth-graders receive Specialized School offers AND more than 25% of their student populations comprised of Black & Hispanic children (viz., MS 51 & Math and Science in District 15: “See Where New York City’s Elite High Schools Get Their Students” nyti.ms/2IDDfw3 . Empirically, then, the screening going on in D15 – a still relatively diverse District in an egregiously segregated City – is VASTLY more equitable than that taking place in SHSAT schools (or for that matter, not especially worse than ‘progressive’ Beacon & Bard HS in Manhattan).

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