We are parents and educators who question:
❖ The competitive sorting of 10 year olds.
❖ The segregation of our middle schools.
❖ The stress and lack of transparency of the “choice”
We seek an equitable alternative that results in
good schools for ALL our kids.
District 15 is Diverse
The diversity is both racial and socio-economic.
“Choice” contributes to Socio-Economic Segregation
“ The system is meant to perpetuate inequalities and track children early on” —
Parents Top Priorities
Less than 9% of parents surveyed
ranked selective/screened schools as important.
The Process is Overly Complex
Less than 3% of parents surveyed want to keep the current system.
71% said the process was stressful for their child and family
Transparency is Key
96% of parents want clear
“Children aren’t really placed, they are ‘admitted,’ which
seems contrary to the idea of public school, when the
opportunity for high quality, easily accessible education is
supposed to be available for all children.” —Parent
“It has become more stressful, especially for students. As
a District 15 fifth grade teacher I see students with a great
deal of anxiety over ‘doing well.’”
Parents Want Change
“The stress of this process weighs on kids and dominates their learning experience in 5th grade”
“I was shocked to see how segregated the middle schools are and the vast difference in the quality of
the education received (as I could see it after touring 13 schools).” --Parent Comment
Comments From Our Survey
“Fosters an air of competition that seems unhealthy for 10 and 11 year olds.”
“It is meant to perpetuate inequalities and track children early on. .
This . . . contradicts
the very principle on which public education was funded. It couldn't be less democratic. “
“Too much segregation in NYC schools racially, economically, academically; it is
ridiculous; so much focus on being ‘elite’ and ‘gifted.”
“Right from the start it favors people with greater flexibility who can afford to miss work
or pay for additional childcare to go through the process. “
“There needs to be a change so that all the schools have an equal distribution according
to income, race and elementary school attended.”
“Integration does not happen by
❖ Parents do not want their children sorted and
❖ An equitable middle school placement process
requires policy change
❖ Let’s create a model system of great, integrated