Equity or Excellence

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Mayor de Blasio and his schools chief, Richard Carranza, are standing by their commitment to achieve racial parity in education by integrating classrooms. Focusing now on middle schools, the administration is  encouraging an end to the practice of screened admission. But academic performance, on the one hand, and racial integration, on the other, are separate questions, and officials are wrong to believe that educational performance can be improved merely by adjusting schools’ demographic profiles.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Segregated: Achieving meaningful racial integration in New York City schools would be difficult in any case: the city’s student body is only 16% white, and geographically isolated. Read more.

  2. Selective: Black and Latino students perform admirably in a number of selective, majority-nonwhite middle schools, suggesting that screening is not necessarily disadvantageous to minority children. Read more.

  3. Charter: Minority students in certain charter schools score higher than their peers in district schools; in some cases, they outperform children in wealthy suburban schools. Read more.

“Efforts to improve educational opportunities for black and Hispanic students need to move beyond racial integration.”

Ray Domanico, Manhattan Institute director, education policy

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Better Schools, Fewer Dollars By Marcus A. Winters (Spring 2012)

“We can improve education without busting the budget.”

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