A reader from New York City looked at New York City’s website to examine disparities between schools with high poverty rates and schools with low poverty. She asks these questions:

The leadership at the New York City Department of Education has refused to acknowledge the impact of the concentration of poor students in schools on student outcomes. In a letter to the NY Times the city’s #2 education official, Mr. Shael Suransky wrote “I contest [the] calculation that “schools with wealthier students are three times more likely to get an A than schools serving the poor.”” The truth is that the city’s own data shows that among the 5% of elementary schools with the lowest poverty rates there were 14 A’s while among the 5% with the highest there were 4 A’s. Perhaps Mr. Suransky meant that he contests that calculation because the facts are much worse. In fact, wealthier schools are three and a half times more likely to get an A.

Even as we look at a broader swath of elementary schools the gap continues to exist. The richest 10% of schools received 23 A’s and the poorest 10% received 11 A’s (a 2.1:1 ratio). The richest 20% of schools received 38 A’s and the poorest 20% received 19A’s (a 2:1 ratio).

Why the refusal to acknowledge facts?