Comptroller: NYC High School Selection Unfair

NEW YORK—New York City Comptroller John Liu says the process that matches eighth-graders with high schools is unfair and arbitrary.

Liu’s office audited the process that the city Department of Education uses to assign each eighth-grader to a high school for the following year.

He said Thursday that the audit found the system is “sloppy and random.”

Liu said many students were denied spots in certain competitive programs even though they met all eligibility requirements.

But seats were offered to other students who had not met the criteria.

The audit focused on one school in each borough.

A Department of Education representative said the audit ignores the “enormous” strides the department has made to implement a fair high school choice process.

Liu is seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor.