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Check plus: De Blasio rejiggers middle- and high-school admissions for a COVID-stricken city, and he actually gets it right

Check plus: De Blasio rejiggers middle- and high-school admissions for a COVID-stricken city, and he actually gets it right
Of course he completed the assignment far too late and begrudgingly, but he completed it — and we’re not scrawling many red pen marks in the margins of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to overhaul middle- and high-school admissions amid COVID.

For high schools, some sorting by academic aptitude, interest and talent makes sense.And we give double kudos for his decision not only to maintain the admissions exam that determines entry into Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and other coveted high schools, but to expand testing sites to middle schools all across the city.Of course he completed the assignment far too late and begrudgingly, but he completed it — and we’re not scrawling many red pen marks in the margins of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to overhaul middle- and high-school admissions amid COVID.As Brooklyn’s District 15 shows, doing away with barriers to entry can diversify hallways and classrooms in our racially segregated school system without much downside.

Finally, the mayor scrapped high school district preferences, which let certain campuses — the Upper East Side’s Eleanor Roosevelt is the most prominent example — prioritize nearby kids for entry.So we give kudos to de Blasio for keeping on the calendar auditions for the city’s outstanding performing arts schools, albeit moving them online.

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