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Statement From The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Regarding New York City's Specialized High School Admissions Test And New Legislation Introduced In Albany
Contact: Larry Cary, President, Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, Tel: 917-405-6002
Jamie Van Bramer/Leticia Theodore Greene, Tel: 212-233-5700
For Immediate Release: Monday, June 9, 2014
Larry Cary, President of the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Foundation, which represents more than 80,000 Brooklyn Tech graduates, said, “The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation recognizes that the issue of using the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) as the sole criterion for admission to a specialized high school is a complex and challenging topic and we have always maintained that any public policy discussion about admissions criteria must be thoughtful, inclusive of a wide range of stakeholders and based on a full and accurate analysis of the facts. Unfortunately, while we recognize the good intentions behind the bill recently introduced in Albany to amend the admissions criteria, this legislation as written is seriously flawed and we urge the Legislature and the Governor not to push through such an important and far reaching bill in the very last minutes of the legislative session. The impacts on our New York City schools, students and families are far too serious to rush a bill through at the eleventh hour with no public hearings, no public discourse, and no opportunity for the thoughtful discussion this issue deserves.”...[full statement]
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