Education in New York City: Public Schools for Whom?
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The objective factors are fewer students, higher costs, a smaller adult constituency, and a growing proportion of black and Hispanic students. The subjective factors are declining outcomes, despair over the prospects
for improvement, and racism. When social reform programs of the 1960s seemed not to work, the question was 'give up or try harder.' The 1980s theme, 'If it's not broken, don't fix it' is less relevant than the choice between fixing the public schools or building another layer of schools for another part of the public. New York could easily end up with a residual group of 'public schools' that would be like what the city maintains for pre-schoolers, i.e. a segregated warehouse for the children of the poor with no prospect for improvement, precisely because it deals only with a clientele felt to be 'undeserving.'