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December 11, 2017
Just as Lower East Side integration plan takes off, superintendent who helped craft it steps down
The longtime superintendent of the Manhattan community district where parents pushed for a plan to desegregate the local schools is stepping down just as the…
October 26, 2017
With critical parents now on board, New York City will move forward with district-wide diversity plan
The New York City education department has finally won over some parent advocates who said officials disregarded the community’s vision for an integration plan.
September 12, 2017
Prodded by advocates, city unveils district-wide integration plan for Lower East Side
The plan’s goal is for each school’s share of disadvantaged students to match the district’s.
November 2, 2016
Report outlines what New York City schools are doing to increase diversity — and advocates respond
“We’re making a good start, but now we need to really push further to make an important difference in students’ lives.”
October 7, 2016
Bureaucratic delays hobble Lower East Side school integration efforts, council members say
Community Education Council members said bureaucratic delays at the city Department of Education could put school integration plans a year behind schedule.
October 5, 2016
Five New York City school districts putting integration on the map
As the school year ramps up, so do plans to integrate New York City classrooms.
July 6, 2016
Under pressure from advocates, city inches toward district-wide integration plan
Top officials are considering a plan to better integrate schools in Manhattan's District 1. Advocates say that's a sign of progress, yet some want the city to go further.
March 30, 2016
Lower East Side families get first look at a sweeping plan to integrate schools
If approved, the plan would mark the first district-wide effort by the de Blasio administration to combat New York City's entrenched school segregation.
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February 24, 2016
Fariña to parents: We need ‘organic’ plans, not mandates, to diversify schools
Fariña was not asked to address the specifics of any proposals to change enrollment policy in District 1. But her comments were still a welcome change to some.
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October 7, 2015
Will John King’s last effort to desegregate New York’s schools work?
For the first time, a grant program will allow the city to try to improve a handful of schools by convincing more affluent families to send their children there.
January 9, 2015
After Success Academy nixes plan for LES school, parents add to opposition at makeshift hearing
After the city abruptly canceled a hearing Wednesday night, District 1 parents hosted one on their own, focused on their opposition to the possibility of Success Academy opening a school in the area in the future.
November 7, 2013
LES school diversity study raises questions about "dezoning"
A group of urban planners have validated what some teachers and parents on the Lower East Side say they've been watching over the last decade: Schools in the neighborhood are growing more segregated. The planners say they can't explain the changes, but local parents blame the Department of Education's emphasis on districtwide choice for allowing the neighborhood's schools to become increasingly segregated, in an arrangement that researchers say is not good for students of any race or class. Some parents have even lobbied against the department's proposals to "dezone" other districts, in some cases helping sway other parent leaders away from agreeing to admissions rules like District 1's. What the parents are trying to prevent are more stories like the Lower East Side's, where there is potential for school diversity but students instead increasingly attend schools where their classmates are very much like themselves. A damning report A few blocks apart in the Lower East Side, the Neighborhood School is 40.6 percent white, while P.S. 142, just a few blocks away, is 2.8 percent white. More than a decade ago, a gap that size didn't exist.
June 15, 2011
The questions LES parents didn't get answered last night
Members of the Community Education Council for District 1 prepared for a meeting last night with Chancellor Dennis Walcott by compiling a 6-page list of questions about the most pressing issues facing the Lower East Side school district. They got few answers. The council's questions addressed space allocation in local school buildings, the implementation of new "common core" standards, and District 1's unique all-lottery enrollment model, among other issues. Their questions went largely unanswered in part because of a scheduling mishap: Walcott told the council on Monday that he would leave the meeting early so he could celebrate his daughter’s birthday. Having billed the meeting as a town hall conversation with the chancellor, the council decided to devote the entire hour to public comment instead of their own questions, according to Lisa Donlan, its president. About a dozen people asked the chancellor questions that were mostly personal, rather than policy-oriented. Donlan said the Department of Education still could have addressed the council's concerns more fully. Department officials came to the meeting with a 2-page response to their questions, which had been submitted earlier in the week. “Clearly this was not a good faith effort to answer the CEC’s questions,” Donlan said. The council's questions and the department's response are below.
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