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I would also add

That the graduates who are applying to community colleges are the BOTTOM students. It's like saying "80% of the bottom students are remedial readers" - which is really an unremarkable statement.
The article does not state what % of NYC high school graduates are pursuing community colleges. I'll bet anything that most of the NYC graduates who are applying to top private and state universities are NOT remedial readers.

The article is an example of propaganda, based upon the fact that most people do not read past a headline. Somebody wanted to slam Bloomberg, so they created a sensational headline to convey something that isn't true. Although I dislike Bloomberg, his policies for education is one of the few things that I would NOT criticize him for.