Diversity is not just about race or gender when discussing New York City’s educational system.  Students with a lower financial status also benefit greatly from diversity initiatives. “Last year, seven elementary schools in New York City changed their admission policies to include disadvantaged students. Including these students allowed priority for a certain number of seats.”  After the success of last year’s pilot schools, New York City is now calling for all schools to take up the policy.  According to The New York Times, 12 additional schools will now be joining the program.

Each school will have their own qualifying requirements (for example, “The New American Academy, is accommodating 40% of its seats for the same lunch and English priorities. In Manhattan, the Central Park East High School is assigning 64% of its seats for free lunch.”) but all schools will look to offer diversity initiatives to grant opportunities for students who otherwise would have none.

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