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In bid to increase integration in city schools, de Blasio accepts slew of recommendations from diversity advisory group

Parents, educators, and integration advocates  gathered in Harlem for a town hall organized by Mayor Bill de Blasio's School Diversity Advisory Group on June 21, 2018.
Parents, educators, and integration advocates gathered in Harlem for a town hall organized by Mayor Bill de Blasio's School Diversity Advisory Group on June 21, 2018.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that he is accepting nearly all of the initial recommendations of the city’s School Diversity Advisory Group, a committee formed in 2017 and tasked with coming up with a plan for integrating the system’s public schools, which are among the most segregated in the country.

De Blasio made the announcement in an Op-Ed published Monday morning in The New York Daily News.

The advisory group, often referred to as SDAG, released its first set of 67 recommendations in February, and the mayor said the city is adopting 62 of them, either fully or with only minor revisions. Another three are still under review. And two recommendations — involving putting school safety personnel under the purview of the city’s education department and appointing “a chief integration officer” — were rejected. (The SDAG is expected to release a second set of recommendations in July.)

[A ‘big deal’ or not enough? What to know about the diversity recommendations de Blasio just embraced]

We’re busy getting reaction and reporting out this news, and we’ll have an update later Monday. But until then, see the full list of recommendations, including those both accepted or rejected, for yourself here.

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