DOE, Upper West Side Parents Endorse New Plan For School Diversity

June 20, 2018 - 7:54 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City has been trying to figure out for a while now how to add more diversity to its public schools.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported Wednesday, it appears the Department of Education and some parents on the Upper West Side are ready to try something new.

Every parent should want a racially diverse school for their child, said city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

"That's the best kind of education a kid can get,” Stringer said. “I know this because my kindergarten son, part of his education is learning from the students in his diverse classroom."

Now, a group of parents on the Upper West Side is supporting a plan from the Department of Education to set aside 25 percent of seats in each middle school for low-income, low-performing students.

Stringer knows it might get some parents upset, but he said, "Nobody owns spots in good schools, so no one's giving up anything."

According to DOE data, as of last year, one middle school – Booker T. Washington – was home to 73 percent white students, while just three blocks south at West Prep Academy, the student body was 93 percent black and Latino.