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No to school diversity plan

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

In the shadow of never-ending New York City political theater, parents of middle school-aged children have been sucker-punched by the Department of Education’s District 28 Diversification Plan.

Previously, Forest Hills and Rego Park parents, including myself, did not have to think about where their kids would transition from elementary school PS 196. The only choice (and the closest! for many within walking distance) was Halsey Middle School. “Not so fast!” says controversial Chancellor Carranza, who is hell-bent on diversifying and desegregating NYC schools.

One of the plan’s goals is “Increase access to D28 middle schools for all D28 students.” On paper it sounds very noble and achievable. Just give kids from underperforming schools priority in admission to Halsey and Russell Sage middle schools so that they can flourish academically. However, with the bathwater the chancellor will throw out the baby (or babies).

What about our kids who will be forced to schlep for 45 minutes to an hour to underperforming schools in South Jamaica to place themselves on the altar of DOE in the name of diversification? Similarly, the kids from South Jamaica would have to endure long commutes. We are talking about small children who would have to get up earlier and fight their way through overcrowded mass transit. The DOE cannot explain how this modern day busing would magically boost the performance of underperforming schools.

Good education starts at home regardless of where you live. I am all for diversification, and this area is already very diverse despite what the DOE and Carranza will have you think. However, the DOE’s “controlled choice” of where my child should go reminds me of Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, where certain groups of people were “instructed” where they could live, study, etc.

Chancellor Carranza, the NYC school system is not broken, it is overcrowded (33 students with one teacher). We just need more and well-funded schools in the ever-growing city, in all neighborhoods. The only types of buildings that the de Blasio regime seems to be interested in are luxury condos, prisons and homeless shelters.

Art Raevsky
Forest Hills

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Linnster posted at 3:37 pm on Fri, Nov 29, 2019.

    Linnster Posts: 10

    I don't have children, but I agree with you whole-heartedly. No child should be shipped off to an under-performing school, nor should ANY school in New York City be under-performing. The answer to failing schools is not bringing in kids from elsewhere, but to hire teachers and administrators who will bring the school up to par. To send a child with good grades to a less successful school is to punish that child for doing well as a student.