The chancellor is leading the fight against systemic and ingrained racism in the nation’s largest school system

NEW YORK, NY– NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36), a member of the City Council Committee on Education, released the following statement today in response to a letter by seven Council members and two NYS Assembly Members to the Mayor expressing concern about the chancellor.

“In what is probably the most diverse city in the world, there is no room for segregation in our education system. It is going to take tough conversations and choices to create the school system that the parents and children of New York City deserve.

Chancellor Carranza is driven by the fact that since the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision, handed down 65 years ago, little has been done to address segregation in the education system. A 2014 report from UCLA’s “The Civil Rights Project” labeled New York as having the most segregated schools in the country, supported by troubling data.

For instance, the report finds that “across the 32 Community School Districts (CSDs) in New York City, 19 had 10% or less white students in 2010.” Additionally, “73% of charters across New York City were considered apartheid schools (less than 1% white enrollment) and 90% percent were intensely segregated (less than 10% white enrollment) schools in 2010.” It is also well known that black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in, and do not have equal access to, the city’s specialized high schools. In 2019, only 7 out of 895 spots offered at Stuyvesant High School were offered to black students.

I firmly stand behind Chancellor Carranza, and support his agenda to create a more equitable and just education system. We must consider that for too long, not enough has been done to address the inequalities and inequities in many systems, and that our educational system needs dramatic reform to better serve New York City’s children.

Task forces and empty promises are not enough to guarantee a better future for New York’s black and brown students. We need someone who will take action.”