Pen Pal System Used As Substitute for Diversity

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Manhattan Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says that diversity in the city’s highly segregated school system can be achieved by having rich schools and poor schools be pen pals.

“You don’t need to have diversity within one building,” Fariña told parents at an Oct. 14 town hall held at the Clinton School for Writers & Artists near Union Square. “But you need to look for diversity in many different places, in many different ways.”

Fariña suggested that schools should follow the “sister schools” model to foster diversity at their institutions. The model is based on affluent schools teaming up with low-income ones, sharing resources from wealthy PTAs, encouraging students to become pen pals and letting students visit one another.


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