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 very challenging times but we wanted to keep you informed about what is happening with your Foundation.

 

  • The Alumni Office is closed but we are all working remotely.  Phone calls are being re-routed and of course we are on email.  The one thing that right now is off limits is mail delivery.  Mail is delivered to the school and we are not able to go to Tech for any reason.  So, for those of you who have tried to communicate with us via snail mail, you will have a wait on your hands.  The office will remain closed until the decision is made for school to reopen.  Right now, there is no definitive time, although it has been suggested that we might open April 20. There is no way of knowing if this is feasible at this time.
  • All alumni events have either been canceled or postponed.  Once school reopens, we will issue a revised calendar.

In the meantime, stay safe, follow protocols and feel free to email us.  Look for weekly email updates. 

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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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Brooklyn Tech STEM Pipeline Huge Success

Over a five-year period, 60 percent of participants won admission to a specialized high school.  Most successful applicants were black, Latino or female, all members of underrepresented groups at these schools.

The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation recently released a five-year review of its Middle School Science and Technology STEM Pipeline Program, which recruits participants from Brooklyn middle schools that are underrepresented at Tech.  Co-sponsored by National Grid and Brooklyn Technical High School, since the program began, 40 Percent of participants were black, 30 percent were Latino and 66 percent were female.  Of 151 students completing the program, 91 (60.2 percent) were accepted to a specialized high school.  This compares favorably to the general acceptance rate on the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test), where only 20 percent of test takers win admission.

The program lasts two years, beginning in the summer after sixth grade and continuing until the SHSAT is taken in eighth grade.   Students attend the program’s classes during both summers and the school year. The focus is on project-based STEM learning opportunities designed to enrich the students’ educational experience as well as instilling strategies for excelling in school.  Free SHSAT test prep is also provided.  With classes taught by Tech faculty, which are held at Brooklyn Tech, and with Tech students serving as assistants, program participants not only see themselves as capable of attending a specialized high school but desire to do so because of a possible future in engineering and science.

The students attending Brooklyn Tech do just as well as those not taking the program.  Students from the first cohort have graduated and are attending Binghamton, Brown, CCNY, Cornell, Howard, Macaulay Honors, Middlebury, Northeastern, Rutgers, SUNY Buffalo, UCLA and Michigan.

“The success of our program proves that students from underrepresented communities can excel if given the right opportunity,” said Larry Cary, the President of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.  “The demographic disparities of our specialized schools are due, not to having a test, but to the city’s abandonment of enriched learning opportunities for the masses of talented students in the schools serving the black and Latino communities,” said Cary.   Before the city abandoned its enrichment efforts, for twenty years most students at Brooklyn Tech, the city’s largest high school with 6,000 students, were black and Latino.

“This program can serve as a model for the other seven specialized high schools,” said Dr. Matthew Mandery, the Foundation’s Chief Educational Officer and a graduate and former principal of Brooklyn Tech.  “Just imagine what we could accomplish with eight successful programs creating pipelines of excellence from black and Latino communities to our specialized schools,” said Mandery.

Elizabeth Sciabarra, Executive Director of the Foundation, says the organization is dedicated to improving diversity at Tech while preserving merit as the means for selecting students.  “All the specialized high schools, like Brooklyn Tech, serve as transmission belts of opportunity for the children of working, low wage and immigrant families in our city,” said Sciabarra.   “Our pilot program points the way to the future,” she added.

Funding for the program over the past five years has come from the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, National Grid, the NYC Department of Education, and the State of New York.

 

Click here to read the full STEM Report.

 

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