You may have heard that Amazon is coming to New York City. While many were parsing the more eyebrow raising details of the deal (the world's richest man will get billions in incentives to locate his company here — and a helipad) we were busy figuring out what the tech giant's move to Long Island City could mean for schools. To answer that question, we looked to Seattle, where a tech boom has coincided with a rise in homelessness, more crowded schools, and an uptick in students who are learning English as a new language.
Also: Check out the latest report from the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, which dives into the city's nascent integration efforts and finds only modest success. The city's Diversity in Admissions initiative allows schools to give certain students preference in enrollment. While schools in the program, on average, admitted slightly more students from low-income families and those who are learning English as a new language, there was no significant change when it comes to students' race and ethnicity. The report's authors call the effort a "promising" approach — but one with significant limitations.
In other integration news: A group of parents plans to sue over the city's expansion of a program to help integrate specialized high schools.
— Christina Veiga, reporter