School zoning: when too much good news is bad news
There’s a NY Times article today, Race and Class Collide in a Plan for Two Brooklyn Schools.
The gentrification of the “Dumbo” area of Brooklyn was good news for P.S. 8. (New York City calls its grades K-5 schools P.S. schools). The school became predominately SWPL and thus a safe place for white parents (as well as SWPLfied Asians) to send their precious children.
But too much of a good thing is now a bad thing because the school now has too many children for the size of the building. The city’s solution? Send some of children now zoned for P.S. 8 to nearby P.S. 307 that primarily draws students from the housing projects.
Not surprisingly, the SWPL parents who thought they were zoned for a free and safe public school are outraged. But somewhat surprisingly, the parents in the projects don’t want a bunch of white kids invading their school either!
Some people will probably point out the hypocrisy of these parents who probably voted for Obama and De Blasio but now suddenly become racists when their own kids are involved. However, I will point out to my readers, again, that people are completely capable of sincerely believing in mutually contradictory things because people just aren’t that logical.
If there isn’t room in P.S. 8, there isn’t room, so some parents and their children are probably screwed. This is why it sucks to live in New York City if you have children and are too poor to afford quality private education.