Fun article on school board hearings about "controlled choice" school selection in Brooklyn

Account of hearing on "controlled choice" in Brooklyn. Scrapping aptitude-based admission criteria and requiring each school to have at least 52% of their students come from households that speak a language other than English at home, live in temporary housing, or qualify for reduced price school lunches.

Pretty entertaining throughout. I especially like the slide on "white supramacy culture" where the first bullet point is "perfectionism."

I also like the contrast between this account and the New York Times account ( which downplays the controversy. Though maybe this is a normal amount of opposition to a plan.

The numbers that Matt Welch throws out don't seem very extreme to me

n late June, we started to learn more. Around 450 District 15 fifth graders, or 17 percent of the incoming class of new middle schoolers, appealed their designations, up from 350 the year before (citywide, appeals tend to be at around 12 percent). And only 14 appeals were approved this year, compared to 59 in 2018. That means the number of objectively disgruntled families increased from around 290 to 435, or from about 11 percent of incoming sixth graders to 16 percent. That's a big jump. One school alone—the Sunset Park destination 40 minutes away that so many of our fellow DLP parents were assigned to—saw appeals jump from 22 to 50.