51125Re: 7000 not assigned HS Round 1...
- Apr 6, 2013THAT. of course. is one of the most critical causes of waitlists in
general & Neal's quandry in particular. As a matter of premeditated
POLICY, the DOE has deliberately countenanced the socioeconomic
segregation of virtually a MAJORITY of its non-specialized top
The racially discriminatory effects of that policy in D2 are
extraordinarily clear. Thus, schools like ElRo, Batuch & Lab (which are
BOTH screened AND are limited to D2 children) consistently have Black &
Hispanic population of usually no more than 20% (perhaps because of its
inclusion of a large portion of D1, Millennium is the exception to that
Meanwhile. the enrollment of Manhattan Village Academy (a fairly highly
rated - albeit VERY conservative - school - located just a few blocks
from Baruch but which is open yo applicants Manhattan-wide) is
approximately 90% Black & Hispanic. At the same time, the Black &
Hispanic populations of other elite non-specialized citywide schools
like Beacon and Bard hover around one-third.
I have personally raised this "elephant in the room" at public CEC
meetings with Joel Klein, New School forums sponored by InsideSchools
and on this list. Yet, neither that 21dy Century Civil Rights Leader
NOR the moderators in the other two fora have ever found that disparity
to be even slightly disturbing. I guess it all boils down to whose ox
IMHO (and also based on my experience with the D15 Middle School choice
program), the biggest reason that children get "unassigned" is a failure
by the children and/or their parents to recognize the lay of the land.
EVERYONE for example, opts for Baruch or ElRo even though a non-D2 child
has NO chance at admission (even Eva's! who live, AFAIK, in D5). That
coupled with a refusal to consider and/or list AVAILABLE "second tier"
schools (e.g., Frank McCourt) is the main culprit (at least vis-a-vis
readers of this list
That is not to say that it's entirely the fault of the parents or kids.
As far as I can tell, the "assistance" provided by Middle School
Guidance Counselors and associated staff is beneath pitiful. Likewise,
all eighth graders should be forced to memorize and understand the
selection "algorithm" (for which its author got a Nobel Prize) so that
they can effectively explain it to their parents And yes, despite some
actual progress, there are still not enough good high school choices
Jim Devor (soon to be former) President of CEC-15 and candidate for a
Manhattan slot of next CCHS
--- In email@example.com, Lisa Donlan <lisabdonlan@...>
> Yet a number of "high performing" HSs are basically zoned for their
> A whole slew of the "better" ones in Manhattan can take only thecream of the D2 crop, and I imagine not even close to all that apply-
ElRo (bought and paid for by Eva!), Baruch College, SOF, Millenium ( to
a large extent- paid for by LMDC funds, so does include a slice of D1),
Lab, Museum, to name most.
> ( Isn't taking the highest performing students from the wealthiest zipcodes a near guarantee of " excellence"?)
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