Schools Official to Investigate
Dismissal of Asian Students
School Chancellor Harold O. Levy has assigned
a superintendent to link into possible discrimination against Asian
immigrant students at Lafayette High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, school officials said yesterday.
September, five Chinese students
beginning their senior year were forced to leave Lafayette without prior
notice on the ground that they had completed their graduation
requirements. The students, however, did not want to leave because they
felt they needed more preparation for college.
After a petition drive by scores of Chinese
students angry at the dismissals, the Board of Education let the dismissed
students return to Layette to complete their senior year. The students
have complained that the treatment of the dismissed students reflects
wider hostility toward Asian-Americans at the school.
To examine conditions at the school, Chancellor Levy assigned Ronald Woo,
the superintendent of monitoring for
the school system, to produce a report and some recommendations by October
1 about improving race relations at the school, said Margie Feinberg, a
spokeswoman for Mr. Levy.
The school system has taken other steps to
address the concerns. Reyes Irazarry, the superintendent of Brooklyn and
Staten Island high schools, issued a plan recommending that the first
fall-semester letter to parents be translated into various
languages. He also recommended that the school's new acting
principal--the fifth in five years--hold monthly parent forums. And he called for improvement in the school's multicultural education
programs. The plan was posted on the internet last week.
by Vilu Zhao,
The New York Times, August 28,