In a last-we-hope de Blasio-era stink bomb, public school families across the city were just burned by the unfair high school admissions lottery — a mockery that is sure to drive more students out of the system.
The cockamamie system imposed during the mayor’s last days no longer placed a premium on good grades; it lowered the bar for entry into many competitive high schools and mixed children with a range of academic achievements in various bingo baskets.
As a result, some of the city’s top students opened their admission letters on Thursday to be told they hadn’t gotten in. each of their top picks.
Top performers from all backgrounds ask, “What’s the point of aiming for all A’s and perfect presence? There is no reward for excellence, and half a step can still get you to the best school.”
It’s not just that the nation’s largest—and rapidly shrinking—school district tells kids and parents, “Good grades don’t matter.” Families who care about education will now look outside the DOE system for a high school that will challenge their children. Many will join the angry mom who told The Post that she and her family are now looking forward to getting out of town altogether.
We warned Chancellor David Banks about this months ago; now he’s stuck with this mess. He should at least make it clear that future shoots will be much more like the traditional process Blas has blown up.
If the system no longer strongly rewards merit, the flight of DOE schools – and of the city itself – will become a flood.