New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to make changes to how some selective middle and high schools admit students in order to allow more black and Hispanic students entry, according to Breitbart News.
The New York Times reported in June that de Blasio views the use of screening criteria such as “attendance, grades, test scores, school work and sometimes interviews and recommendations” for students to be admitted to selective city schools as a tool of “segregation” because many black and Hispanic students do not achieve the level required for admission.
On Friday, Times education columnist Eliza Shapiro wrote that the pandemic has “finally prompted Mr. de Blasio… to implement some of the most sweeping school integration measures in New York City’s recent history.”
“By the time I leave the mayoralty, I think we will have put the city on a very different course, certainly vis-à-vis screened schools,” de Blasio said on Friday. “This is clearly a beginning.”
Middle schools are expected to see the greatest changes in the current plan, as de Blasio ends all admissions criteria, including grades and test scores, adopting a random lottery instead — because for the left, equality of results overrides equality of opportunity.