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Under guise of “diversity,” de Blasio announces plans to destroy NYC’s top high schools

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Under the guise of “diversity,” evoking an Ayn-Randian euphemism:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising to push for diversity at our city’s elite high schools including Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science.

He says 20 percent of the seats at specialized high schools, like Bronx High School of Science will be set aside for economically disadvantaged students starting in September 2019.

It isn’t enough that they have dumbed-down the curriculum and turned education into hard-left indoctrination.

It isn’t enough that a New York City school held a moment of prayer for jihad terrorists in Gaza.
Now this.
If de Blasio really cared about minorities and the poor, why would he deny them school choice and charter schools? De Blasio has declared war on charter schools. This is the demonization of achievement and success, and the exaltation of failure as policy.

This is the cancer of the left. The hatred of the good for being the good, destroying the best and brightest.

“Mayor Bill De Blasio Wants to Eliminate High-Stakes Admissions Test for Elite NYC High Schools,” NBC New York, June 4, 2018:

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday he wants to eliminate the high-stakes admissions tests for New York City’s elite high schools over three years.

De Blasio said the move will help increase diversity at the eight academically rigorous schools, including Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science.

Instead of the test, which students take in the eighth grade, de Blasio wants to rate students based on their grades in seventh-grade English, math social studies and science, plus scores on statewide math and English exams.

Getting rid of the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, or SHSAT, would require legislative approval. Right now, the test is the sole criteria for admission to the schools.

Middle- and upper-income families can spend thousands of dollars on tutoring for the exams.

Critics have long complained that the reliance on the test leads to a lack of diversity at the schools, which are overwhelmingly Asian and white. Only 10 percent of students at the elite schools are black or Latino, although they make up 70 percent of the city’s overall student population, de Blasio said.

Getting rid of the admissions test is expected to make 44 percent of offers go to black and Latino students, de Blasio said. It would also raise the number of offers to girls to 62 percent, compared with 44 percent now. The number of offers to Bronx residents would quadruple, he said.

“There are talented students all across the five boroughs, but for far too long our specialized high schools have failed to reflect the diversity of our city,” de Blasio said. “We cannot let this injustice continue. By giving a wider, more diverse pool of our best students an equal shot at admissions, we will make these schools stronger and our city fairer.”…

“Mayor Bill de Blasio pushes for school diversity,” News12, June 3, 2018:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising to push for diversity at our city’s elite high schools.

He says 20 percent of the seats at specialized high schools, like Bronx High School of Science will be set aside for economically disadvantaged students starting in September 2019.

Admission there is governed by a test.

Mayor de Blasio hopes to replace the test with a new admissions process…

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