[Ed. – Busing is back]
Top-performing Manhattan middle schoolers were assigned to struggling high schools next year due to controversial admissions changes aimed at increasing diversity — and now some angry parents are scrambling for the exits.
“My kid did everything she was supposed to do,” said Herbert Bauernebel, whose District 2 child didn’t get into any of the 10 campuses she applied to despite a 97 percent average. “She worked really hard. We’re dumbfounded.”
Bauernebel said roughly 20 families at IS 276 in Battery Park City didn’t get into any of their listed schools and were instead defaulted into troubled Murray Bergtraum High School, which has long grappled with shrinking enrollment and low academic metrics.
“People are desperate at this point,” a mom said. “Some are planning to move, some are going private if they can afford it, some are sending their kids to live with grandparents.”