Excellence, or Diversity?

The Story

Mayor de Blasio has announced a plan to end “segregation” and impose racial diversity on the city’s eight elite specialized high schools. Instead of basing admission to these high-achievement schools on a citywide test, the mayor wants to admit automatically the top 7% of students from every city middle school. Sacrificing excellence in the name of diversity is no way to run a school system: the change will ensure that underprepared students will find themselves mismatched in advanced classrooms, while thousands of highly qualified kids will be shut out of spots that they have earned. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Segregation: More than half the students who attend the specialized high schools are non-white, belying claims of racial segregation. Read more.

  2. Integration: Citywide, only 14% of the student body is white. Read more.

  3. Poverty: Students from poor families make up much of the current population of the elite schools, demonstrating that socioeconomic factors do not determine excellence. Read more.

"It’s blind in the sense that the machine that grades the test or the person who reads any essays, they don’t know who took the tests. So, it’s totally objective.”

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

“Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech are everything the public school system has mistakenly tried to eradicate.”

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