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NEW YORK CITY has two school systems. One is for the affluent and well-connected. It promises elite opportunities for families able to sacrifice time and money to compete for them. The other primarily serves low-income students of color and offers them a fraction of the opportunities that their more affluent peers get. Most people here, including policymakers, have little idea what actually goes on inside this dual school system.

That's why we — the students who know the system best — are taking you into our world. With guidance from adult editors, our team of interns is on a mission to expose the deep inequities in this school system through the voices of our peers. Along the way, we will investigate the people and policies responsible for this tale of two school systems.

Ultimately, we hope to shed light on solutions that will move us closer to the city's vision of equity and excellence for all children.

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