No performance-based HS approvals, Chancellor Banks

We have high hopes for Chancellor David Banks as he makes his decision to abandon New York City children sticking to a crazy new high school application system all the more disappointing.

The latest rules for entry into the city’s most academically competitive high schools are sheer sabotage invented in the final days of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. In eight years in office he never had the courage to do it, but did it on the way out.

They randomly put all kids with GPAs of 85 and above into a random “top notch” lottery, making fools of those who strived for all A’s and perfect attendance. This injustice will prompt more students are leaving the system.

It’s a gesture to “justice” advocates who are demanding simplified answers to the troubling fact that Asian students are doing far better than their black peers. But instead of improving elementary schools, the Department of Education would rather abolish tests.

Banks had a chance to thwart the plan, even saying last week he was considering changes in the 11th hour after a wave of parental outrage. But this week he blinked, thinking the necessary delay would cause even more pain.

The Chancellor states that “the consensus is clear: we need to reform our enrollment and admissions policies and expand access to good schools.” He certainly knows that the only fair way to “expand access” is simply to get more creating “quality schools,” not this mess.

Letting go of de Blasio’s inability was an unforced error. Let’s hope it’s Banks’ last. No performance-based HS approvals, Chancellor Banks


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