Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
NYC to Open 42 Schools Next Fall
Monday, March 02, 2009
New York, NY —
The mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein were in Sunset Park yesterday at one of 42 new schools that will be open this fall. According to Klein, the schools include a new Cinema School in the Bronx and other schools for struggling students, as well as high achievers.
KLEIN: Instead of looking for kids who fit the needs of the school system, what it used to be, we have now designed a school system that fits the needs of the kids.
REPORTER: Klein says with the new openings, the city will have opened 333 new schools under the Bloomberg administration. 90 percent of the students at the new secondary schools are black or Hispanic, while black and Hispanic students make up about 71 percent of students citywide.