In a year that experienced never-before-seen rates of middle-class and wealthy parents electing to opt their children out of standardized tests, comes another report exploring the frustrating state of education in New York.
According to a recent report on educational mobility from Families for Excellent Schools, a group based in New York that supports parents’ advocacy efforts, shows that there are essentially two vastly different public school systems in New York City.
One is for the 116,000 students who attend the city’s top 141 schools and are “nearly guaranteed academic success.” The other covers the remaining 850 schools, serving 478,000 students, where students are “effectively locked into attending failing school after failing school.”
In the higher-performing schools, at least 60 percent of students meet academic standards. Only 29 percent are children of color—meaning that, yet again, white students are afforded a privilege their peers are denied. The median household income of families who live near these schools is $120,651.
For the struggling schools, no more than 30 percent of the students meet academic standards. Some 90 percent of the students are black or Hispanic. The median household income of families who live near these schools is $40,707.
That’s three times less than those who live near the high-performing schools.
Even if you are generally aware of the rampant educational inequities that exist in our urban centers, this report is devastating.
Today, in 2015, we are still operating under a system where attending school only gets you so far—it doesn’t necessarily get you an equitable education, it doesn’t necessarily get you through (or even into) college. And this report comes only days after Chancellor Carmen Fariña forgot to mention students as one of her priorities.
People say actions speak louder than words, but in this case, we have both actions and words that suggest far too many of New York’s most vulnerable students are being ill-treated by their school system.