How New York’s Elite Public Schools Lost Their Black and Hispanic Students

Although, in spite of this NYT’s article title, on how New York’s Elite public schools lost their Black and Hispanic students implies an explanation, it is still unclear why or how. Education is a complex process, relying on reluctant funding from politicians who do not send children to public schools, or live in the city of New York. Although enormous resources are reportedly dedicated to education, these resources are often funneled to valuable zip codes. Active parents in those zip codes can easily garner support for their schools. In areas of poorly informed or involved in education zip codes, students are left at the mercy of local school administrators who often have too many non-educational concerns, such as safety, steady streams of funds, and an unstable teaching work force and student body. No wonder Blacks and Hispanics who are the ones often living in those poor zip codes are unlikely to reach that quoted 10% (of the 70% attending public school) who are able to get into the specialized schools that open the door to further achievement. My speculation is that the system’s increasing reliance on pencil-paper bubble filling tests, designed by some out-of-state corporation have not improved the opportunities for those who can not pay for special preparatory training to succeed on those tests.