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August 22, 2019

NYC middle school integration plan on target

August 7, 2019

Chancellor Richard Carranza reflects on his first year on the job at Vista Academy in Brooklyn on Friday, April 5, 2019. (Byron Smith/for New York Daily News)

The city’s heavily hyped middle-school integration plan is leading to more diverse schools, according to figures released Monday.

Twenty-eight of 36 city middle schools that set enrollment targets for the upcoming school year met their goals under the city’s ongoing push to for more diverse classrooms, officials said.

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Participating schools set enrollment quotas for student groups including multilingual learners, homeless kids and kids living in poverty.

Most of the schools in the program are located in Manhattan’s District 3, representing the Upper West Side, and Brooklyn’s District 15, which is centered in Park Slope.

The schools participating in the pilot programs represent less than 10% of all city middle schools.

But schools Chancellor Richard Carranza praised them for helping to integrate the city school system, which is one of the most segregated in the nation.

“Today we’re seeing the first impact of community-driven efforts to integrate our schools,” said Carranza, a staunch supporter of diversity efforts.

“Our schools are stronger when they reflect the diversity of our city,” he added. “Districts 3 and 15 are showing how we can have the important conversations and take bold action on this issue.”

Parents and educators in District 3 and 15 helped craft desegregation programs for local middle schools in 2018.

City Education Department officials have set aside $2 million to fund similar efforts in other districts and 17 districts applied for the funding this spring. Officials wouldn’t say when the grants would be made.

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