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SPECIAL REPORT: De Blasio’s plan to overhaul admissions at elite — and segregated — high schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio made big news on Chalkbeat this weekend: He has a plan to overhaul admissions at Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and the other elite New York City high schools that use a single test to choose who gets in.

“The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn’t just flawed – it’s a roadblock to justice, progress, and academic excellence,” he said in an op-ed introducing the plan.

Want more details? We have ‘em.

  • Here’s a rundown of the plan itself. It would set aside 20 percent of seats at the eight schools to students from low-income families, and involves asking state officials to change a law governing the admissions process at some of the schools.
  • Here’s how alumni groups, former students, and New York politicians are reacting.
  • And here’s more from de Blasio today, when he formally introduced the plan — and promised that this could be a first step in more aggressive efforts to decrease segregation throughout the city’s school system.

There are still a lot of questions we’re working to answer about this plan, and significant roadblocks ahead. Let us know what you’re curious about by responding here or on Twitter or Facebook — we’re listening.