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by Gail Robinson Thursday, 11 December 2014 17:02
The New York City Council took up the issue of racial segregation in the city's public schools today, but concern about the lack of diversity at eight schools—the academically elite specialized high schools that admit students solely on the basis of one exam—all but drowned out discussion about 1,700 other schools. Most of the debate at the education committee hearing centered around a nonbinding resolution, offered by City Councilwoman Inez Barron, calling for the state government to change the 1971 law that makes the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) the sole criteria for admission to Stuyvesant, Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Tech. (The city also uses the test to determine who gets accepted by five other specialized high schools cr…
(Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Patrick Wall on December 10, 2014)   The same advocates who helped convince the de Blasio administration to saturate dozens of needy schools with support services now want to make sure the city pulls off its plan. Even as they applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio…
by DNAinfo Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:44
(This article is excerpted from DNAinfo.com.) When Samantha Ramos walks the hallways of her South Bronx high school, nearly all the faces she sees are Latino or black. Samantha, 15, is a student at the Bronx Academy of Letters on Morris Avenue, where last year just 2 percent of the 584 students we…
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