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School Choice and Integration in NYC

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011

Forty percent of New York City kindergartners are enrolled in schools other than their zoned neighborhood schools. What does this mean for them, and what does it mean for the schools they leave behind?

The Center for New York City Affairs' senior research fellow Nicole Mader will present our research findings, based on student-level zone assignment data for 700,000 pupils over 10 years.

School choice has allowed thousands of children to leave low-performing schools for higher performing schools, often outside their neighborhoods. But it has also resulted in higher concentrations of poverty and shrinking enrollments and budgets in the schools they leave behind, making it ever harder for those schools to serve their neighborhoods well.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including:

  • Betty Rosa, chancellor, NYS Board of Regents

  • Maya Wiley, New School professor and co-chair of the city's School Diversity Advisory Group

  • Dennis Morgan, PTA president of PS 180 in Harlem and a member of the Community Education Council for District 3.

  • Allison Roda, Molloy College professor and author of Inequity in Gifted and Talented Programs: Parental Choices about Status, School Opportunity, and Second-Generation Segregation.

  • Ujju Aggarwal, New School professor and author of the forthcoming book The Color of Choice: Raced Rights and the Structure of Citizenship

Moderator: Clara Hemphill, director of education policy and editor of

Thanks to Deutsche Bank and New York Community Trust for their generous support.

Presented by the Center for New York City Affairs. 

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