A Social Worker from New Rochelle High School writes:
"I work at the high school as a social worker. The learning communities that have been implemented remind me of the indian reservations created many years ago. Once a student is placed in one of these, it is almost impossible to leave, particularly for ESL students. They are often classed by race and ethnicity and let’s not get into the composition of the honor’s or AP classes. It’s almost exclusively north end white kids whose parents have advocated for them. I brought this up to two of the school board members about a year ago and I don’t know if it was ever brought up in a meeting. Encouraging parent involvement and providing a level playing field for all students would be a good step in the right direction. The Board of Ed needs to be in tune with what is happening in our communities, both north and south end. Some have no children in schools and have no clue what is going on in our schools. As a HS social worker, we are often asked to fix that which should been anticipated by the Board or the Administration. There is tremendous injustice in our high school; teachers and staff are afraid to speak out because the Assistant Sup does not allow it as per the HS administration. So we continue to provide a positive school picture using smoke and mirrors while the ship is slowly sinking."