Residents of one neighborhood in the district, Maspeth, a blue-collar area with a small-town feel in western Queens, have long lamented the lack of a high school there, and they want to give local children a leg up in getting into the new school. But that aspiration runs counter to a central tenet of the Bloomberg administration’s education philosophy: that giving certain students an advantage threatens to further splinter the sprawling system by class, leaving families lacking savvy and resources to attend some of the worst schools.[Emphasis mine.] I understand that not everyone shares my belief that those who have are responsible to share with those who have not.
But one might think that people in a community would understand, from self-interest if nothing else, that educating all of the children of the community benefits everyone. Not to mention that education should be a right, not a privilege of birth.
Fortunately, a voice of reason speaks out from City Hall: