Statement on Adoption of School Diversity Advisory Group Recommendations

(New York, NY)—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced that the City will adopt the vast majority of the preliminary recommendations made by the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) on Monday, June 10.

“We commend the New York City Department of Education for adopting the majority of recommendations that the School Advisory Group proposed,” said Barbara Glassman, Executive Director of INCLUDEnyc.

“While we applaud the DOE for adding metrics to the School Quality Report related to diversity and integration, we urge them to include metrics for inclusion of students with disabilities in community district schools with their nondisabled peers,” she added. “Additionally, the final report needs to address how the city plans to integrate the 25,000 students with disabilities attending District 75 programs who are the most segregated from their peers.”

“In order to ensure diversity and integration, districts plans must include significant disability representation from the start so that their final plans and recommendations appropriately reflect the needs of students with disabilities,” she continued.

“We also want to see the Department of Education adopt a definition of Culturally Relevant Education that includes students with disabilities, a group which has been historically marginalized,” said Glassman.

Barbara Glassman and INCLUDEnyc are available for comment. Please contact jreres@includenyc.org.


- Barbara Glassman