On October 30th, 2013, the Community Education Council for Community School District 1, with support from New York Appleseed and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, hosted the presentation of a data study on District 1 school diversity and equity.
Since the early 1990s, District 1 on the Lower East Side has had an assignment policy for elementary school students that differs from most of New York City. While most of NYC has operated under zone-based assignment policies, District 1 started out with a choice and lottery-based assignment policy that was managed for increased equity and diversity.
Under the current administration the controls for fairness, diversity and equity were removed, leaving the choice and lotteries with no civil rights controls or protections.
This research study considers the effects of this policy from 2000- 2010 on the levels of diversity within the District 1 schools. The presentation was made by Adam Lubinsky, PhD AICP and Managing Principal of WXY, a planning and design firm; George Janes, AICP, principal planner at George Janes Associates; and Ajay Khashu, president of Youth Studies, a firm specializing in the evaluation of educational programs.
Watch the whole video here!
To see the data presentation slide show please click the link below.