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August 27, 2019
Eliminate gifted, scrap middle school screening — but only study high school admissions? A gap in diversity recommendations draws attention
The recommendations stop short of calling for the city to immediately do away with selective high schools.
May 10, 2019
Carranza in the hot seat during Assembly’s specialized high school hearing
The questions and criticism came during the state’s first formal public hearing in New York City over how students are admitted to the eight elite high schools.
April 4, 2019
‘It’s happening at other schools, too.’ Students raise questions about admissions policies beyond NYC’s specialized high schools
The students believe the root cause of racist incidents is related to a lack of racial diversity created by an admissions process that gives preference to middle school applicants who live or attend schools in District 2, which includes the surrounding affluent neighborhood.
March 28, 2019
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson proposes eliminating SHSAT process, and adding new ‘elite’ schools
The speaker also wants to create of a new set of “elite” schools with their own competitive admissions criteria, as well as institute a slew of other measures that have been floated by observers on all sides of the integration debate.
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March 21, 2019
As controversy over the SHSAT heats up, lawmakers call for forums to ‘hear every single voice’
The statistics showed that yet again, a little more than 10 percent of offers to specialized high schools went to black and Hispanic students, with just seven black students receiving offers to the coveted Stuyvesant High School.
March 18, 2019
As admissions controversy roils, data shows New York City’s specialized high schools continue to accept few black and Hispanic students
As New York City is engulfed in a debate over efforts to better integrate the city’s specialized high schools, the elite schools remain…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, other politicians debate SHSAT at lively education town hall
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t say whether she supports a city-backed proposal to get rid of the admissions exam for those elite schools in an effort to make them more diverse, but she questioned why all city schools don’t have similarly stellar reputations.
By the numbers
March 27, 2018
More gifted programs join New York City’s school diversity efforts
Enrollment in the city's gifted programs is almost the reverse of the overall demographics in the school system.
February 12, 2018
When diversity backfires: How schools can lose funding as they try to integrate
For years, M.S. 442 Carroll Gardens School for Innovation served mostly low-income students. But with more well-off families picking the Brooklyn school than ever before,…
By the numbers
December 5, 2017
New York City expands integration program, adding the prestigious Bard high school in Queens
The program affects a tiny fraction of city students. But it has been one of the most tangible steps taken by the de Blasio administration toward addressing segregation.
October 26, 2017
With critical parents now on board, New York City will move forward with district-wide diversity plan
The New York City education department has finally won over some parent advocates who said officials disregarded the community’s vision for an integration plan.
June 23, 2017
Principal Donna Taylor retiring from Brooklyn School of Inquiry, moving to DOE
Taylor, who has been with the Bensonhurst school since it opened in 2009, will take a position with the Department of Education.
June 6, 2017
New York City is finally releasing its school diversity plan. Here’s what it says about pre-K and middle school admissions
Whether either change will lead to significant integration is an open question.
By the numbers
May 24, 2017
NYC middle schools, pre-Ks meet diversity targets — and more high schools join initiative to spur integration
The four middle schools in the diversity program all met -- or surpassed -- their set-aside targets in making offers to incoming students.
January 5, 2017
Brooklyn parent council dives into debate on how to integrate middle schools
In December, City Councilman Brad Lander announced a proposal to reserve a percentage of seats in all District 15 middle schools specifically for low-income…
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