De Blasio Considering Ending Gifted Programs for the Sake of ‘Integration’ and Reducing ‘Racial Disparities’
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio appointed a board that has come up with a proposal to “devise policies that will reduce the racial disparities between the selective schools and gifted programs, which are mostly utilized by white and Asian students, and the non-selective schools, which are mostly populated by black and Hispanic students” reports the National Review.
The proposal “would eliminate all selective schools and programs” all in order to “further integrate the city’s public education system.” The New York Times obtained a report written by de Blasio’s panel, which is “comprised of several dozen education experts.” These so-called experts claimed that gifted programs and selective schools have “become proxies for separating students who can and should have opportunities to learn together.”
National Review notes that The New York City public education system “is one of the only ones in the country that’s run entirely by the mayor’s office, rather than a board of education.” Because of that, de Blasio is able to implement any proposal without “input from the state legislature, the city council, or any other body.”
De Blasio has made it clear that he is not supportive of charter schools and giving family’s choices, even though “charter schools tend to produce better educational outcomes on average, de Blasio has argued they increase inequality.”
De Blasio’s definition of inequality seems to be fluid, as he does not care that children being forced to receive inferior education is in fact the definition of inequality, At the National Education Association’s annual assembly in July de Blasio was quoted as shouting:
I am angry about the state of public education in America…I am angry about the privatizers. I am sick and tired of these efforts to privatize a precious thing we need- public education. I know we’re not supposed to be saying ‘hate’ – our teachers taught us not to – I hate the privatizers and I want to stop them.
Yep, sounds like a Democrat.
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