Do Not Abolish the SHSAT! A Proposed Compromise


Introduction

There is a major debate taking place right now in New York City now regarding the process currently used to admit students to the City’s elite specialized high schools (most notably Stuyvesant High School, located in TriBeCa).  For the last 30+ years, there has only been one factor used to determine admission to these schools: the Specialized High School Admissions Test (“SHSAT”), a solitary, three-hour test.

Now, the SHSAT is under attack.  Critics have long maintained that the test is unfair to minorities, and those advocates for change recently gained a new ally in Mayor DeBlasio.   DeBlasio has promised to do away with the SHSAT, adding his political capital to the already existing efforts of the United Federation of Teachers, the NAACP, and others.  Thanks to this momentum, there is now legislation before state lawmakers in Albany seeking to change the process (S.7738/A.9979), as well as a resolution before…

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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