Over a year ago, Mayor de Blasio’s campaign theme, “A Tale of Two Cities"
captured the growing
divide between our most affluent residents and the mounting numbers of
New Yorkers being left behind.
But we also have a Tale of Two
Schools set in New York City. Schools in the same neighborhoods, serving
students of similar backgrounds -- mostly poor and minority children --
are producing wildly diverging outcomes.
Across New York
City, there are 46 district and charter schools that are beating the
odds and proving all children can succeed academically.
These great schools are predominantly serving a low-income minority
population, and the majority of their students are performing at grade
level in English and math.
But those are just 46 of the 923
schools. Far too many students remain trapped in failing schools -- in
fact there are dozens of schools where not a single black or Hispanic
student passed one of this year’s state exams.
If we’re going to
close the achievement gap in New York, we need to look at the success
stories and apply the lessons learned citywide.
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