Every day, I read about or see for myself the way that the NYC Department of Education violates procedures to get what they want.
Take the SHSAT Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, for example. From day one of his reign as Chancellor, Richard Carranza has spoken openly about the test he hates, because too many white and Asian kids successfully achieve high scores and get into the "best" public schools in the City of New York. Ergo, the test is racist and discrimination cannot continue. He vowed then, in 2018, and does now, to end the test, and find a way to get Black and Brown kids into these schools through other means.
The COVID-19 disarray has given him, Chancellor Carranza, the chaos he needed to end the test by simply never scheduling it. If the test is not given, then no one can get into the specialized high schools.
This approach I call "doing what is right for the select few by harming everyone". The high standards for getting into the specialized high schools are there to assure gifted and talented kids from any socio-economic group, that their level of intellectual curiosity will be rewarded, and challenged. Gifted and Talented children are in the same space as other kids, that they should expect a public education that fits their needs. I believe that Chancellor Carranza does not see this, and despises kids that are in the G&T Group.
Full disclosure, two of my children were accepted to Stuyvesant. One was accepted with an IEP, and she did not ask for any accommodation such as extended time. She wanted to get in on her ability to handle the academic work, not on a separate standard.
I believe that the test is the one truly neutral way to select students and that racial discrimination starts in kindergarten when Black and Brown students do not get a great education at their schools and cannot reach their personal best because of the curricula, staff, or teachers at their school. Fix this problem starting with kindergarten-middle schools - and school staff and administrators who do not care about the achievement of their students.
Keep politics out of schools.
Ending Specialized Test Will Hurt City Education