District 1 Diversity Initiative

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Dear EVCS Family,

Yesterday afternoon the Chancellor officially announced the details of the District 1 Diversity in Admissions Initiative. This initiative is by far the boldest step ever taken to desegregate schools in the history of the New York City public school system. I firmly believe that classrooms and schools are better when they include a range of students and families and authentically reflect their communities, and I know this is the right move at the right time for District 1. You can read about it in today’s NY TimesChalkbeat (with a nice pic of yours truly), Wall Street Journal and Politico.

Here are the headlines from the plan:

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, students who live in temporary housing, and students who are learning English will be given priority for 67% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Students who do not meet any of those criteria will be given priority for 33% of the Pre-K and Kindergarten seats at every District 1 elementary school.
Within each of these two priority groups, an additional priority will be given to students who have IEPs for a percentage of seats near the District average.
Priority for siblings of students currently enrolled, and for students continuing on from Pre-K to Kindergarten will remain.

If you have any questions about how this admissions protocol will work, or how it will impact your family or our school, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be happy to talk about it in greater detail.

Apropos, one part of our school instructional focus this year is to implement anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy. We are united in our commitment to raising, not just non-racist, but anti-racist citizens of this country. One way we are embarking on that endeavor as a whole staff is by reading together the outstanding book, The New Jim Crow. I would like to invite and encourage any and all of our parents to read it along with us. We will have two gatherings in December, one in the morning and one in the evening, for parents and staff to discuss the book together. Pick up your copy of the book and be on the lookout for more info about the book clubs in December.

Today, even more than usual, I am proud to be a District 1 educator and parent, and I am looking forward to what the future brings for our community.

As ever,

Bradley