‘The Time for Change is Now’: At Lab, Roosevelt and Baruch, Principals Favor Scrapping District 2 Priority


Karuna Patel, deputy director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, shared her expert opinion with Chalkbeat on admissions reform.

Principals at some of Manhattan’s most sought-after high schools released forceful public statements on Tuesday supporting admissions changes with the goal of increasing student diversity.

The leaders of NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Baruch College Campus called on the city to eliminate rules that give preference to students who live in Manhattan’s District 2, which is whiter and more affluent than the city as a whole.

“Admissions reform that aims to desegregate schools but does not address district-based geographic priority will fall short,” said Karuna Patel, Deputy Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, which has worked with the education department on ways to improve the city’s admissions system.

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