WPIX-TV, June 27, 2019
Nearly two dozen students with the organization Teens Take Charge staged a sit-in inside City Hall, taking aim at what they call the city’s slow paced response to the “segregation crisis”.
“It’s been 65 years since Brown V. Board and still our school system isn’t reflective of how New York City looks,” Whitney Stephenson, co-founder of Teens Take Charge, told PIX11.
When you look at the numbers, two-thirds of public school students are Latino or black and the remaining 1/3 are white or Asian.
But when it comes to the city’s eight specialized high schools, the scenario is quite the opposite where only 23% of Latinos and blacks account for the student population.
While students took a seat inside, outside a counterprotest called for the firing of Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, saying his proposed plan to change the admissions process at specialized high schools — currently based on state test scores — is penalizing students for performing well in school.
Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio announced that the DOE will adopt a number of proposals recommended by his diversity task force.