Council Speaker Corey Johnson calls to foster diversity at specialized high schools

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April 25, 2019 - 9:57 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is asking for a task force to recommend new ways to admit students to eight specialized high schools that currently use an exam to determine eligibility.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Johnson is sponsoring a bill that would let Mayor Bill de Blasio appoint 10 of the task force members.

The bill is set to be discussed at the council’s education committee meeting on May 1, and if approved, the task force would hold public hearings and report its recommendations to foster diversity by September 2020.

Johnson is willing to work with the Department of Education in order to begin to expand these opportunities as soon as possible.

This would also allow the DOE to pilot new admissions criteria that will promote diversity without needing state approval but would have no authority to change entrance criteria at the schools, which are now predominantly Asian.

Admissions at the three original specialized high schools are governed by state law.

Currently, students at specialized high schools are predominantly Asian and only 10% of students are black or Latino, despite making up about 70 percent of the city’s students.
 

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