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Rise & Shine: Parents fight for Harlem schools as integration efforts pick up

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Earlier in the summer, District 3 changed its middle school admissions system as part of an effort to desegregate the district’s public schools. Although students can still apply to the middle school of their choice, a quarter of the spots at each school will be reserved for students who are low performing and who come from low-income families.

However, even with this new system, Harlem middle schools wouldn’t likely see major shifts, as schools need a diverse applicant pool to draw from in order to see significant changes.  Parents there are worried that a lack of interest in the neighborhood's public schools will continue. These schools also face major competition from outside, more selective schools and from charter schools, forcing officials to come up with programs that could keep students, and the funding that comes with them, in Harlem public schools.

In today's roundup, we have more about the school zone speed camera program, which officially ended yesterday, and theories about what needs to be done to desegregate New York's top public schools.



BOOSTING HARLEM After passing an integration plan for District 3 middle schools, parents and education officials are turning their attention to boosting Harlem schools. Chalkbeat

NO MORE CAMERAS The 140 school-zone speed cameras went dark yesterday, after weeks of protests and politicians calling for the senate to reconvene and reinstate the program. NY1

The cameras will “collect data” on how many people are speeding but will no longer record licenses or give out tickets, according to a Department of Technology representative. NY Post

Editorial: By failing to reinstate and expand the speed camera program, the New York Senate and its leader John Flanagan will have to answer for any accidents affecting kids in school zones. NY Daily news

SUPPORTIVE CULTURE Opinion: De Blasio’s plan to diversify New York’s elite public high schools doesn’t mean that black and Latino students are being given the keys to success, or that the specialized high schools are built to support them. The Nation

FINDING SPOTS Parents on Staten Island have been scrambling to find their children new schools after a special education school, the Gingerbread Learning Center, closed two of its locations. But Chancellor Carranza told parents that soon they will have somewhere with suitable programming for their kids. Staten Island Advance

STILL WHITE Opinion: Elite schools are still for elite, white students because efforts to desegregate them typically don’t target white privilege. The New York Times