From the Daily News:
In a first for the Bloomberg administration, a highly regarded Brooklyn elementary school has set admissions quotas for poor and immigrant students.
Starting next fall, Public School 133 in Park Slope will set aside 30% of its coveted kindergarten seats for kids who are living in poverty or are struggling to learn English.
The local school board voted to approve the admissions scheme this week after dozens of meetings with parents, education officials and school administrators.
“The goal is to the enhance diversity of the school by making sure preference is given to the neediest students,” said one of the creators of the plan, Community Education Council 15 President Jim Devor.
No other city school dedicates seats for poor kids, though about two dozen high schools with special language programs have admissions criteria that favor students who need to learn English.
Education officials said the admissions quotas are legal since they are not based on race, and other schools may employ them in the future, if parents ask for them.