A local parent group says this is a story of the haves and the have nots, as they continue their push to diversify one City Honors.
The group submitted a complaint to the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights claiming a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Previously, the district was given 24 recommendations from doctor Gary Orfield from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Only 19 of those were implemented.
The group is asking for the other recommendations to be implemented as well. One of those was creating a second City Honors School.
“We had a great program at Emerson. So guess what they did? They made an Emerson two, there’s an emerson two now. So, why can’t we create a City Honors two,” said Samuel Radford II, district parent coordinating council, who said the group will submit a complaint to the state attorney general’s office on Thursday.
“They shut the door to the people who live in the neighborhood,” said Patricia Elliott Patton district parent. “They shut the door to the people who live in the community.”
A representative from the district says of the 24 of the recommendations, five were “modified.” It wasn’t clear if “modified” means they’re going to implement the remaining 5 recommendations.
According to the New York State Department of Education enrollment data for City Honors as a whole.
2017 – 2018 — 179 Black Students / 633 White Students
2016 – 2017 — 186 Black Students / 634 White.
For more information on the school state statisics and report card visit https://data.nysed.gov/profile.php?instid=800000052908
The district responded to the parents claims in a statement: