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  •  Pre-screened peer group (7+ / 0-)

    A few of the parents I know who send their children to private schools, I think are doing so not primarily because of classroom instruction, but because the private school effectively pre-screens the children's peer group to the 'correct' socioeconomic group, which I think translates into their are no Hispanics in the classroom. These parents could not care less about what happens in public schools, because their kids' education is 'safe'.

    •  Pre-screened?! Are you kidding? (0+ / 0-)

      There are plenty of Hispanic children who attend private schools. You forget there are Latin American ambassadors and representatives living as expats in this country, who send their children to private schools.

      You ought to be ashamed of yourself for making such a statement.

      I'm a woman of color, who grew up in the north (Detroit, Michigan)

      by Boris Badenov on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 11:04:33 AM PDT

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    •  NYC public schools (1+ / 0-)
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      also pre-screen.  Admission to a lot of them is based on 7th grade grades and test scores (middle schools use 4th grade grades and scores) as many districts don't have zoned schools.  If you make the cut academically then you can interview/audition and some panel of teachers and students will decide if you are a "good" fit.  Other schools might just require a submitted essay while others might just require attending a school tour.  The students rank up 12 schools in order of preference and the schools rank the students - or not.

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