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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