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The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools

Can the largest public school system in the U.S. educate students fairly if it’s also one of the most segregated?

The Fight to Desegregate New York Schools

Can the largest public school system in the U.S. educate students fairly if it’s also one of the most segregated?

A Plan to Diversify New York’s Segregated Schools

A commission appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio has ideas worth considering.
Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York

Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York

A group appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed seismic changes to the nation’s largest school system.
Desegregating N.Y. Schools Was His Top Priority. What Happened?

Desegregating N.Y. Schools Was His Top Priority. What Happened?

Entrenched inequality, attacks by conservatives, student protests: Richard A. Carranza’s first year as schools chancellor.
Amid Racial Divisions, Mayor’s Plan to Scrap Elite School Exam Fails

Amid Racial Divisions, Mayor’s Plan to Scrap Elite School Exam Fails

Opposition from Asian lawmakers and a billionaire’s lobbying push helped block Bill de Blasio’s plan to desegregate New York’s specialized schools.
$773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools

$773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools

As part of the Renewal program, Dreamyard Prep in the Bronx added an hour to its school day. The extra instructional time allowed ninth, 10th and 11th grade students to take supplemental classes, like
New York City Public Schools Should Be Evaluated Based on Diversity, Not Just Tests, Panel Says

New York City Public Schools Should Be Evaluated Based on Diversity, Not Just Tests, Panel Says

Mayor Bill de Blasio, flanked by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, right, delivers remarks about a diversity plan in Brooklyn.
‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools

‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools

Thomas Lewis, a martial arts instructor, teaches a lesson at Little Sun People. The school has a new theme each month; in November, students studied human bodies with the help of a black pediatrician.
Challengers of Affirmative Action Have a New Target: New York City’s Elite High Schools

Challengers of Affirmative Action Have a New Target: New York City’s Elite High Schools

Stuyvesant High School is the most competitive of the eight test-in specialized schools in New York City.
Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out

Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out

A group of graduates from ultra-Orthodox Jewish private schools in New York claim that some yeshiva students are never taught secular lessons, like science or history.
Homelessness in New York Public Schools Is at a Record High: 114,659 Students

Homelessness in New York Public Schools Is at a Record High: 114,659 Students

At P.S. 446 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, more than a quarter of the students are homeless.
How Special Education Is Failing T.J. and Many Like Him

How Special Education Is Failing T.J. and Many Like Him

T.J. in his special education classroom in the spring. Though he was getting services, he kept falling further behind.
Richard Carranza Is Talking About Integration. Can He Make It Happen?

Richard Carranza Is Talking About Integration. Can He Make It Happen?

Public School 161 in Harlem, where 95 percent of the children are black or Hispanic, is the kind of school Chancellor Richard Carranza hopes can attract white and middle-class parents.
De Blasio Is Stalled on School Integration, but Brooklyn Parents Have a Plan

De Blasio Is Stalled on School Integration, but Brooklyn Parents Have a Plan

Richard A. Carranza, New York City’s schools chancellor, is poised to approve a middle school integration plan put forward by parents in a Brooklyn school district.
‘A Huge Blind Spot’: Why New York Asians Feel Overlooked

‘A Huge Blind Spot’: Why New York Asians Feel Overlooked

City Councilman Peter Koo, center, addressed a rally to protest the city’s plan to revamp admissions to the city’s specialized high schools, which draw many Asian-American children.
Who Wins, and Who Loses, in the Proposed Plan for Elite Schools?

Who Wins, and Who Loses, in the Proposed Plan for Elite Schools?

At the Christa McAuliffe School in Brooklyn, three quarters of the eighth graders were offered seats at the city’s specialized high schools this year. That number would fall to 7 percent under a new
A Shadow System Feeds Segregation in New York City Schools

A Shadow System Feeds Segregation in New York City Schools

At Beacon High School in Manhattan, applicants must have an average above 90 and 3s and 4s on their state tests to gain admission. Sixty percent of its students are white or Asian, about double the
About New York: Decades Ago, New York Dug a Moat Around Its Specialized Schools

About New York: Decades Ago, New York Dug a Moat Around Its Specialized Schools

The Bronx High School of Science, one of the city’s specialized high schools. A law passed in 1971 cemented a single, competitive test as the sole means of admission to the elite schools.