City Councilman Joseph Borelli is questioning why a dubious “White Privilege Exercise” was found posted in a Manhattan school, according to the New York Post.
“What could even be the purpose of this in a school that has so few white students?” he asked, according to the Post. “Is it to inflame tensions and single out? Given the school’s abominable test and college-readiness scores, perhaps the chancellor should be concerned that they are not teaching enough math and English.”
The New York City school system continues to dig itself deeper into controversy over its “racial equity” training initiatives that have been underway since the arrival of Richard Carranza as schools chancellor. Those programs have been shown to be focusing on disdain for “whiteness;” liberating staff, students, and families from white privilege; and using a battle cry of “disrupt and dismantle” to transform schools under the banner of racial equity.
In fact, ongoing news stories have emerged over the last several months indicating that teachers and staff are being trained to favor black students over whites and Asians, in effect, creating a hostile environment in the schools.
Borelli is just one of many city officials, school staff, and a multitude of citizens rising up in protest over the issues of “white bias” that become a priority for the schools, in spite of serious, under-performing student scores.
Borelli tweeted …
Life Sciences Secondary School:
24% of Middle schoolers pass state english exams.
14% pass math exams
25% of high schoolers drop out
36% graduate ‘college ready.’
But the students have time for White Privilege exercises.
What say the chancellor? https://t.co/x9cZnpf8ls
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) June 24, 2019
The Life Sciences Secondary School, where the White Privilege Exercise was found on a bulletin board by the principal’s office, has 520 high school students who are 3 percent white and 54 middle school students who are 2 percent white, according to the Post.
“Our sole focus is on improving outcomes for our students,” Department of Education spokesman Will Mantell told the Post. “Test scores and graduation rates at Life Sciences are increasing, and the school is strengthening instruction while also building a supportive environment by having real conversations about race and equity.”
In 2017, the Life Sciences school principal Kimberly Swanson was lambasted when it was learned her low-performing school threw out hundreds of purportedly “outdated” textbooks without replacing them. This happened, according to a New York Post investigation just weeks after spending $15,000 in taxpayer money so she and eight staffers could attend a three-day academic conference that included a party at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Councilman Borelli is among nine City Councilmembers who signed a bipartisan letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio this month that called for Chancellor Carranza to be fired.
“We need a chancellor who promotes education, not division,” the letter stated. “If Chancellor Carranza continues to divide this city, then someone who can unite this city and provide a quality education for all should replace him. Since coming to New York in April 2018, Carranza has rightfully focused on creating a more equitable school system, but his comments and actions have seemingly made the system even more divided. He has yet to outline a comprehensive academic agenda.”
Carranza responded to the letter claiming that the criticisms are because he is “a man of color.”
Borelli recently tweeted …
I weighed signing on to @BobHoldenNYC’s letter for over a week.
It was his claim that essentially anyone who questioned the hiring decisions he made was a “racist” that did me in. https://t.co/M4Z0M3OATY
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) June 16, 2019
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