“Unlovely Student Distributions”: A Rebuttal to Chester Finn’s “Even More Social Engineering in New York Schools”

Group of Community Members Review NYC District 15 Diversity Plan

By Norm Fruchter In late November in the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper, Chester Finn disparaged New York City’s Community School District 15’s effort to reduce segregation and improve integration across the district’s eleven middle schools. (The NYC school system, serving 1.1 million students, is divided into 32 administrative districts.)  Finn framed District 15’s reform as “social […]

Is New York City’s Plan to Diversify Specialized High Schools Racist toward Asian Americans?

Group of Asian American parents protesting against admissions changes in New York City Specialized High Schools.

As a biracial Black and Chinese American, I’ve always been aware of the polarizing histories and experiences that I carry in my body. At times it was confusing. When I was very young, I distinctly remember looking at mother and asking, “Mom, why are you White?” Born in a society where one is racialized in […]

The Costs of Equity, The Bill We Refuse to Pay: Why Integrating NYC’s Specialized High Schools Is the Right Thing to Do?

Photos of students in school hallway

On Saturday, June 2nd, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to “fix” the “diversity problem” plaguing the city’s specialized high schools. The plan by no measure is perfect, but I do believe that it can move us closer to equity in a system vexed by concentrations of privilege and the violence […]