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What Bill doesn’t get about diversity: His school admissions announcement fails the test

What Bill doesn’t get about diversity: His school admissions announcement fails the test
Friday, Mayor de Blasio announced public school admissions changes heralded by some as a major step toward integration. In truth, the relatively minor tweaks ignore the fundamental nature of an admissions caste system that will continue to segregate our city’s students by race, class and academic level.

The other substantive change, the phased-in removal of geographic preferences used at roughly one-tenth of high schools, will open doors to students from new zip codes, but only if those students are high-achievers.That’s because the mayor chose not to address the 100-plus high schools that screen applicants for excellent middle school grades and test scores, well-written essays, stellar portfolios and/or top-notch auditions.At the School for Classics, like so many small, segregated high schools across the city, the vast majority of students enter performing below grade level, needing remedial support.Like two-thirds of city high schools, the School for Classics is not allowed to screen applicants, but it is profoundly affected by the schools that are.

(Tottenville, one of the whitest public high schools, has 44 sports teams.Noah attended the School for Classics, a small, predominantly Black and Latino high school in Cypress Hills.

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