A wave of politicians, advocates and parents pushed Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday to act on the equity crisis engulfing the city’s specialized high schools after a Daily News analysis showed just a trickle of their students come from the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
A News investigation published Tuesday showed kids from Manhattan’s West Side are 26 times more likely to get into elite specialized high schools than those from the west Bronx. A similar shutout exists in poverty-stricken central Brooklyn.
Upon hearing the dismal stats, the Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents ripped de Blasio on the issue and called for action.
“Our system is not doing enough to ensure that black and Latino students have equity,” fumed Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. “The status quo is no longer acceptable.”
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Brooklyn BP Eric Adams vowed to raise the issue when he meets with new schools Chancellor Richard Carranza later this week.
“I hope diversity and integration are at the top of Chancellor Carranza’s agenda,” Adams said. “I certainly am putting these issues at the top of mine.”
De Blasio campaigned for mayor on a pledge to broaden admission to the city’s specialized high schools, but so far his administration has failed to effect significant change in enrollment patterns.
Still, de Blasio paid tribute to the concept of equity while introducing Carranza at an unrelated event Tuesday at Stuyvesant High School.
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“We believe this school system’s future is based on creating equity,” de Blasio said.
Stuyvesant admitted only 10 black students in 2018.
“It’s actually criminal how the city is destroying the futures of those kids,” said NYC Parents Union president Mona Davids.
City Education Department spokesman Douglas Cohen said the city has a number of programs underway to boost diversity in the specialized schools.
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“We’ll continue our targeted outreach to families in Brooklyn and the Bronx,” Cohen said.
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