Admission to Elite NYC High Schools

NYC Specialized High Schools, Bronx Science, Stuyvesant High School
Mayor de Blasio proposed changes to the admissions policies at New York City’s specialized high schools (photo credit: PointsofNoReturn).

Back in May, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, widely regarded as New York City’s least popular mayor in history, proposed changes to the admissions policies at New York City’s specialized high schools. NYC’s most well known specialized high schools are Stuyvesant High School, the Bronx High School of Science, and Brooklyn Technical High School. In short, Mayor de Blasio wanted the student bodies of these elite high schools which send so many of its students to the Ivy League and other highly selective colleges to better reflect the city’s population. To put it bluntly, he wanted more African American and Latinx students, which would invariably lead to fewer Asian American students since Asian Americans constitute a significant percentage of students at NYC’s specialized high schools. So how did this all go over?

NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Fumbled Rollout of Admissions Changes

Not good, not good at all. It seems Mayor de Blasio just can’t win. Not only has the fumbled rollout of his proposed admissions changes to the admissions policies at NYC’s specialized high schools upset Asian American New Yorkers (as expected), in an unexpected twist he’s also upset African American and Latinx New Yorkers (among others). As reports Selim Algar for “The New York Post” in a piece entitled “De Blasio fumbled rollout of elite high schools’ admissions plan: parents“, “Even some backers of more diversity at the city’s specialized high schools believe Mayor Bill de Blasio badly mishandled the rollout of his plan to revamp admissions to those schools. Four members of Manhattan’s Community Education Council 2, all of whom support entrance-criteria reform, sponsored a resolution urging City Hall to scrap the proposal and retool it for consideration by May.”

The piece goes on, “‘The mayor’s proposal was not developed with input from affected communities, parent leaders or even the School Diversity Advisory Group, a body created by the Mayor,’ the resolution states…It said he also neglected to adequately brief black and Latino parents who would derive the most benefit from his proposal to scrap the single-test admissions system.”

Why oh why are we not in the least bit surprised that Mayor de Blasio is having trouble rolling out these proposed changes to the admissions policies at schools like Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Technical? Oh Fumblin’ Bill, Fumblin’ Bill. We suspect you’ve got a good heart but boy oh boy do we miss Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


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