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High Stakes Decisions: How NYC Students Have Fared Under High School Choice

A Center for New York City Affairs and forum:

New York City’s system of high school choice is the largest in the nation, with students bidding for placement among hundreds of schools. The goal was to let students escape low-performing neighborhood schools, allowing them to compete for a spot in up to 12 schools anywhere in the city. Today, more than 85 percent of participating students get one of their top five picks. But placement of the city’s most vulnerable students remains controversial. And the act of choosing schools is often overwhelming for families. New York University professor Sean Corcoran recently completed ground-breaking analysis of the choices students make – and where they are ultimately placed. He will report on the trends and offer front-line observations from other scholars in New York.

Presentation by: Sean Corcoran, associate professor, New York University

Mr. Corcoran will then join in a conversation with:Arlen Benjamin-Gomez, staff attorney, Advocates for ChildrenCarol Boyd, Bronx parent, New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee
Robert Sanft, CEO, Office of Student Enrollment, New York City Department of EducationCarolyn Sattin Bajaj, doctoral candidate, New York University

Moderated by: Clara Hemphill, Center for New York City Affairs and

Admission is free but you must reserve a seat. Please email or call 212.229.5418.

Supported by the New York Community Trust, the United Way of New York City, the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.