Who We Are

The mission of the Foundation is to support Brooklyn Technical High School as the premier specialized high school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics by harnessing the intellectual and financial power of Tech alumni. Reconnecting alumni with Tech and with each other provides the backbone for the work that we do allowing us to support Tech as it carries forth its tradition of excellence.

 
These are challenging times. Here is what is happening with your Foundation:

 

The Alumni Office is closed but we continue to work remotely. Phone calls are being re-routed; we are on email; and mail access is weekly.  The office will remain closed until New York City public high schools reopen and alumni events are therefore virtual or postponed. Once school reopens, we will issue a revised calendar. In the meantime, stay safe, follow protocols, and feel free to email us: info@bthsalum.org

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Race, Jobs, Upward Mobility and Richard Carranza

The CEOs of some of the largest and most powerful American companies, including Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Google and Blackrock recently announced a new initiative to improve the education provided NYC students and hire 100,000 low-income Black, Latino and Asian employees into high-paying jobs over the next 10 years. It’s called the New York Jobs C.E.O. Council, and it will work with the city government among other entities, to “prepare a new generation of New Yorkers for high-paying jobs at some of the country’s biggest companies,” according to the New York Times.

Unfortunately, the corporate leaders are likely to find Chancellor Richard Carranza, the current head of the city’s Department of Education, resistant to this effort, as he is hostile to advanced and enriched education even if it benefits minorities and the poor.

Recently, the DOE announced that it was canceling the contract between Queens College and Townsend Harris High School providing its students with college courses. Under this program, every enrolled student earned 12 college credits.

Townsend is a wonderful school. U.S. News ranks it the fifth-best high school in the nation out of 24,000 schools, and first in New York State. Even though its student body is nearly 80% minority, with 55% meeting federal poverty guidelines for free or subsidized lunch, this did not prevent Carranza from making this draconian cut, which strikes at the heart of what makes this school so good.

Similarly, Carranza is leading the effort to change the law in Albany to permit him full control over the city’s specialized highs schools, Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, along with five others the city administratively changed to test-in only status, so he can have complete unfettered power to decide admissions and curricula. The current law mandates that the original three schools exist, and that admission be based on a special, academically competitive exam.

The specialized high schools are also ranked among the highest in New York State.

While a great deal of attention has been paid to the unacceptably low percentage of Black and Latino children in specialized schools, where Asian-American students are the largest cohort, the fact remains that the majority of students in these schools are from low-income families, many of them immigrants.

According to city statistics, Brooklyn Tech, the nation’s largest high school (6,000 students), has a student body that is 77% minority and 62% economically disadvantaged. Total minority enrollment at Stuyvesant is 81%, and nearly half qualify for free or subsidized lunch, the educational standard for measuring economic disadvantage. At Bronx Science, total minority enrollment is 77% of the student body and nearly half are economically disadvantaged.

The New York Jobs C.E.O. Council is to be applauded for its intent. But if it is to succeed, the city must recognize that it needs to restore gifted and talented and enhanced educational opportunities in every elementary and middle school, especially those serving the Black and Latino communities, and preserve the enhanced educational opportunities of its best high schools.

 

The Great Debate About the SHSAT:
In Support of Merit and Diversity

New York State law requires that admission to Brooklyn Tech “shall be solely and exclusively by taking a competitive, objective, and scholastic achievement examination, which shall be open to each and every child in the city of New York."The Great Debate About the SHSAT:  In Support of Merit and Diversity” recounts the Alumni Foundation’s five-year fight to explain the value of retaining the SHSAT while improving the schools to level the playing field and promote diversity. Download here.

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hugIn an effort to keep you connected we have located social media links to take you to pages created by alumni for their respective classes, chapters, and affinity groups. If you or someone else has a page or group that you would like to see on this site, or if you want to create a page, please contact info@bthsalum.org. To follow us on our social media pages please check out our Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and Flickr

 

A Letter To The Governor

November 27, 2020

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

 

 

Dear Governor Cuomo:

 

I write on behalf of the 50,000 alumni of Brooklyn Technical High School to oppose the suggestion made recently by a few groups for you to suspend the administration of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), which is required by state law.  It is unnecessary that you do so because the New York City Department of Education (DOE) can successfully and safely run the exam in the face of the pandemic.

 

For the past few years, the DOE has required electronic registration by students wishing to take the test.  And the test can be done remotely.  Other entities are remotely administering tests.  For example, AP tests are now given remotely when schools are closed.  The State bar exam is being given remotely.

 

A model for what can be done remotely is the high school admissions test recently given by the Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island.  This test was remotely administered for students seeking to attend over 100 Catholic high schools.  It was given earlier this month, and on the same day that the DOE was supposed to administer the SHSAT.

 

The difference between the Catholic High Schools and the DOE is that the DOE failed to properly plan for administering the SHSAT.  While I recognize that the challenges faced by the DOE due to the pandemic are considerable, I cannot help but think that Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza’s publicly stated hostility to having the SHSAT played no small part in in the DOE ignoring its responsibility to follow the law.  Because the Chancellor has publicly said about the pandemic that “one should never waste a good crisis”, his inaction is inexcusable.......

 

To read the full letter to the governor click here.

 

             Very truly yours,

             

             Larry Cary

             President

             Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation

 

 

"I Am Brooklyn Tech" Celebration 2021

We recently were able to see the power of the Tech community firsthand at I Am Brooklyn Tech. Over 1,000 Technites attended this live program. Thank you to everyone who made the evening special. Didn’t get a chance to join? Watch it here!

 

TechTimes Magazine

The Alumni Foundation's annual magazine, TechTimes, presents a special Salute to 50 Years of Brooklyn Tech Women.

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