I Am Brooklyn Tech - A Virtual Celebration

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 

The “I AM BROOKLYN TECH: Inspiring, Unique, Creative, Innovative” Virtual Celebration will raise critically needed funds for the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting Brooklyn Tech High School, the nation’s largest and pre-eminent school for science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM), by harnessing the intellectual and financial power of Tech alumni and others who recognize outstanding educational achievement. Funds will help close the gap created by our recent challenging times and uphold Tech’s level of educational excellence. Click here for more info.

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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A Letter To The Chancellor

October 5, 2020

 

Mr. Richard Carranza, Chancellor

Department of Education

Tweed Courthouse

52 Chambers Street, Room 320

New York, NY I 0007

 

 

Dear Chancellor Carranza:

 

I write to inquire about the scheduling of the Specialized  High School Admissions Test ("SHSAT') for this year. As you know, state law mandates the administration of the SHSAT for use in deciding admissions to one of the city's eight specialized highs schools.

 

Currently, the Department of Education 's web site states that registration for the SHSAT was to take place in early  September,  but  registration  has  not yet  occurred.  The  DOE's  website  also  states  that  the test  is to  be administered on November 7 and 8, 2020. Chalkbeat recently reported (September  24, 2020) that you were planning to announce information about the test in "late October," which makes the early November dates unrealistic.

 

lt takes the DOE about three weeks to register students for the test. Historically, registration  is closed about six weeks before the test is administered, which gives applicants time to prepare for the test if they have not done so already

 

I urge the DOE to consider  both in person administration  of the test, with all safety protocols, and giving students the right to opt for taking the test online. Since online registration for the test has been adopted by the DOE a few years ago, taking the test online is practical and maximizes the safety of the students  against contracting  the virus.

 

Many protocols can be implemented to preserve the integrity of online administration of the SHSAT. See for example the steps advocated by three professors who have studied the issue: Thwarting online exam cheating without proctor supervision, by G. R. Cluskey Jr. of Troy University, Global Campus, Craig R. Ehlen of the University  of Southern Indiana, and Mitchell H. Raibom of Bradley University. Some suggestions could not be adopted, but most could.

 

https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/downloaddoi=10.1.1.473.1287&rep=rep1&type=pdf

 

Your opposition  to the use of the SHSAT is welJ documented. I ask that you put those feelings aside and follow the law by administering  the test in a manner that allows students to register, prepare and safely take the exam.

 

             Very truly yours,

             

             Larry Cary

             President

             Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation

 

 

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