According to concerned parents, the Department of Education (DOE) is sending high achievers to low, competitive schools in pursuit of equity in education, which, according to concerned parents, causes more unfairness than it seems to tackle.
The New York Post reported that the central Department of Education has tried to achieve more diversity by demanding public middle schools to disseminate top performers among places of struggling peers, introducing its new vision on March 19 that has since provoked parents.
“My kid did everything she was supposed to do,” said Herbert Bauernebel, who reviewed that her child in District 2 was rejected by all the 10 applicants despite her impressive 97 percent average performance. “She worked really hard. We’re dumbfounded,” the displeased parent said, reports ThePost.
Bauernebel reviewed that children from 20 families in Battery Park City School were hindered from the schools compatible with their education desire and aptitude and instead assigned to Murray Bergtraum High School, which is known for offering limited spots for competitive development.
The outrage extends to parents from other schools in District 2, too. The new enrolment criteria have prompted parents to avoid the public school system in NYC, where similar policies are in the process of being enacted.
“People are desperate at this point. Some are planning to move, some are going private if they can afford it, some are sending their kids to live with grandparents,” a mother reviewed.
Bauernebel lamented that his daughter’s academic efforts should have afforded her a place at a school that will meet her academic requirements, adding that private school tuition is out of his league. “If we can’t offer a decent public school education to middle-class people in New York City, then what is the path forward?”
Seeing the dominant proportion of students from the white and Asian communities, the DOE has issued to push for more diversity which resulted in schools preserving a significant amount of their limited seats for low-income households and random applicants.
Among the top District 2 high schools, Eleanor Roosevelt, Baruch, Lab, and Millennium all have announced 50% of their available spots for students of no advanced academic profile.
The DOE also required schools to stop prioritizing students from nearby locations and allow equal opportunity to applicants from all locations.
On Wednesday, June 2, the education department argued that the reform allowed ONE chance per student to enroll in one of their desired destinations.
“We want all of our families to celebrate the milestone of moving on to high school, and the vast majority of students received an offer to one of the schools they applied to. When possible, we always work with any family who prefers a different choice and they have a wide array of opportunities to explore high school options after offers go out,” stated DOE spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon.