The Spoils of Whiteness: New York City’s Gifted and Talented Programs

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By Norm Fruchter In 1973, the Vincent Astor Foundation funded New York City to initiate programs for gifted students in 40 Manhattan and Brooklyn schools. In 1983, after I was elected to the Community School Board in Brooklyn’s District 15, I learned that our district had developed Astor program gifted tracks—one class to each grade—in […]

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 […]