Economic Disparity in NYC Schools

Economic Disparity in NYC Schools

How are NYC schools divided along economic lines? And how do those divisions affect the quality of instruction in schools? 

A new post on Chalkbeat takes a look at 2 schools, 9 city blocks apart, that occupy either end of the economic (and therefore, resources, test scores, etc.) spectrum. A new plan could, in fact, help integrate them. 

Pardon the pun, but here’s the money quote: 

P.S. 191’s zone encompasses much of the adjacent Amsterdam Houses, leaving the school with an enrollment that is 90 percent low-income. Just nine blocks away, P.S. 199’s zone is filled with apartments that can cost upwards of $1 million; just 8 percent of its students are poor. P.S. 199’s state test scores soar above the city average, while P.S. 191’s fall far below it.

The proposed rezoning would have shifted some P.S. 199 families to 191. The city agreed to table the plan after a fierce backlash from families in the wealthier school’s zone.

Read the full article here 

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