Study: Asian Students Uncounted, Underserved in N.Y.C. Schools
Not all 'model minorities'
A Bangladeshi girl who spends her out-of-school time translating documents for her parents' immigration hearings. A group of Chinese high school boys whose teachers can't figure out why they're so disengaged. A Vietnamese boy who speaks almost no English and is the only Asian student at his low-performing school. A Korean-American girl at the top of her class at Bronx High School for Science.
They are among New York City's Asian students, and their needs are profoundly diverse, says a report released last week . It highlights the gap between the perception of Asian-heritage students as almost universally high-achieving and a more complicated reality that scholars say holds true nationwide.
"The challenges around poverty and access issues are not things people think about when they think about Asian-American students," said Vanessa Leung, the deputy director of the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families, a New York-based advocacy group that was one of two organizations...
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