NYC Council Pushes For More Diversity at Top Schools. Elementary Level is ignored. Hearing on Diversity in New York City Schools and Proposed Int. No. 511-A, Res. 453 & Res. 442

While the NYC Council focus is on the High school admissions process, they really should start expressing major concerns and discrepancies that begin in Kindergarden and throughout the elementary level. Starting perhaps at the G&T and specialized programs level.

“Specialized programs” and OSE or Office of Student Enrollment, have been creating “specialized programs” at the city wide level and at the school level for quite sometime as a way to weed out the best students.

Does anyone remember the magnet and eagle programs? Where did they go? Specialized programs are created so that the NYC DOE can appeal to upper middle class New York families. They also serve as a way to cloak elitism, racism and prejudices that have been an on going issue in the NYC DOE forever.

Last specialized programs are  very weak in their legal structure see part 200 and part 100.2

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1002.html

Just imagine for a moment what it must be like to navigate through the NYC DOE process for specialized programs if you did not speak English?

What the city council needs to focus on is the relationship between OSE ( office of student enrollement ) and specialized programs including G&T.

The discrimination is not limited, nor does it begin at high school, It begins in elementary school without a doubt starting with the G&T process which is a nightmare in itself.

This of course could be easily solved by administering a test yearly to all students. If the NYC DOE really wants to provide FAPE without discrimination, this would be the only solution as it provides FAPE and a fair chance to all NYC Public School students and families.