We saw that our District’s former system for applying to middle school was competitively sorting our 5th graders. Whatever the original intended goal of middle school "choice," it resulted in a two-tiered system of middle schools: one that siphoned off a disproportionate number of white; high scoring; and higher-income students; and the other that served primarily lower-performing or lower-income children of color. Our goal was to look at more equitable, fair, and developmentally-appropriate processes for middle school placement for all of our children across District 15 and to serve as a model of desegregation.
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Campaign Advocacy, Grassroots Organizing, Youth Service/Advocacy
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Please check out We Know it When We See: How Parents Can Help Dismantle School Segregation for an in-depth overview of what we learned in our struggle to create a fair and equitable admission standard in D15 Brooklyn.
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