Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New York City is finally releasing its school diversity plan. Here’s what it says about pre-K and middle school admissions - CHALKBEAT

by  CHRISTINA VEIGA  
Originally published: June 6, 2017
Publisher: ChalkBeat.com 

After months of anticipation, New York City will soon get its first glimpse at a plan to address school segregation — starting with the youngest learners.

As part of a larger plan to be released Tuesday, some details of which were shared with Chalkbeat, the education department will allow privately run preschools to join its Diversity in Admissions initiative. Schools that apply to that program are allowed to set aside a percentage of seats for students who are low-income, learning English, or meet other criteria.

Another element of the long-awaited plan, according to education officials: allowing middle schools to open up enrollment borough-wide. The changes would apply in the 2017-18 application cycle.