Segregation is endemic in New York city schools. Government regulations have failed to put so much as a dent in the problem. Even though the problem is ongoing, new ideas continue to arise to tackle the problem. In 2019, a school district in Brooklyn is aiming to tackle the situation in a whole new way. The new system will make use of “school choice” an already in place option that allows students to apply to a school that is performing more optimally. What’s different is the usual use of screens to pick candidates. Criteria like absences and test scores are being bunked. The new system has in-place recommendations for ensuring classrooms are diversified and inclusive for cultural and ethnic minorities as well as for those with disabilities. A percentage of chairs are set aside for those with special needs. This system may have a fighting chance because it is largely a creature made from public and not government intervention. School administrators, parents, teachers and community groups got together to hash this one out. An urban planning and architectural firm was brought in at the base level, so that recommendations could be presented in August and ready to adapt in September. This effort to bring a grassroots public-minded approach to desegregate an area that has gone largely white in a decade’s time is something new and pivotal in the process of trying to change the face of school segregation. Putting all the stake-holders at the same table was also a giant gain for transparency.
- Over time, it is no secret that Brooklyn has completely changed in its little sector of New York.
- The schools in Brooklyn have undergone a massive change that is going to affect students moving forward.
- As more and more people are living in Brooklyn, this has called for changes in the schools.
“District 15—which includes Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Boerum Hill—has a new integration plan going into effect for Fall 2019 sixth graders.”