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Lawmakers Tackle Specialized High Schools Admissions

Monday, June 09, 2014

Nearly 70 percent of New York City's public school students are black or Latino yet they make up just 9 percent of the students enrolled in the top high schools this year. A state proposal aims to change that equation with different admissions criteria.

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Chart: Manhattan Advantage in Public High School Admissions

Monday, March 10, 2014

You may or may not know that it's rare for students outside of Manhattan's School District 2 to get into one of the district's best high schools. We have a chart that shows you just how rare.

 

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Quinn Challenges Bloomberg to Expand G&T

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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The City Council speaker and Democratic candidate for mayor said she wants to add more gifted and talented seats and find ways to enroll more Black and Latino students in the city's elite programs.

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Around Sunset Park, Tutoring is Key to Top High Schools

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This week eighth graders will find out if they were accepted to the city’s most competitive high schools. Judging from past admissions data, most students will come from middle to upper class neighborhoods. But there's also a low-income section of Brooklyn where families have figured out what it takes to get in.

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Students Set Their Sights on a Specialized High School

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eighth grade students hoping to get a coveted spot in a specialized high school take the admissions test starting this weekend. Students from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx share their thoughts on preparing for the exam.

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Brooklyn Latin Students Say Diversity Improves School

Friday, October 12, 2012

A recent legal complaint charges that the city’s admissions policy to specialized high schools excludes black and Latino students, particularly at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science. What’s it like to attend the specialized high school with the highest percentage of black and Latino students? Students from Brooklyn Latin tell us.

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Admissions Test For Elite Schools Prompts Complaint

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Civil rights advocates say too few black and Latino students are getting into New York City's eight specialized high schools. Questioning the reliance on one standardized test as the sole requirement for admission to the schools, they filed a complaint with the federal government.

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Author: Let's Do More For Top Students

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chester Finn Jr., a former assistant secretary of education and co-author of "Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective High Schools," says he wishes more could be done for the country's brightest students before they hit the ninth grade.

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Choosing a High School? Two More Chances to Learn About Admissions

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Department of Education this month is wrapping up a series of high school admission workshops. The last two this summer will focus on specialized high schools admissions: they will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at the Prospect Heights Campus in Brooklyn, and Thursday, July 26, at the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.

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Weighing In on Stuyvesant Cheating Scandal

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Calls and comments streamed in when WNYC asked about the recent news of cheating at Stuyvesant High School. Several former Stuyvesant students said cheating was fairly widespread and others complained the emphasis on tests pushed kids to employ dubious tactics to get the best score possible.

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Bronx Borough President Calls for Changes in Elite High School Admissions

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In response to the low number of Bronx students who have been admitted to the city's elite public high schools in recent years, Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr. has recommended a change in the admissions process to place more weight on grade-point averages and essays, and less on a standardized exam. City officials said they had no plans to move away from a test-based admissions policy.

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Why Should a Disability Limit High School Choices?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bryan Stromer is an eleventh grader at NYC Lab High School, a place where he is happy and thriving. But he wound up at Lab by default, after another school that interested him could not provide the special education services he needs. Now on the Citywide Council on Special Education, he writes about his hope that the city's upcoming changes in special education will make more schools accessible, giving students more options when choosing a high school.

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Promising Results for Specialized High School Tutoring Group

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alarmed by reports of declining numbers of black and Latino students in the city's elite high schools, two groups began offering free tutoring. One of them, the Science Schools Initiative, had 28 of its 64 students receive an acceptance letter.

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Teachers Turn Out in Force at PEP Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

As threatened, teachers and teachers' union staff members packed the auditorium of the Brooklyn Technical High School on Wednesday night for the meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Carrying signs, blowing whistles and booing loudly, they at times drowned out panel members, as well as parents and teachers trying to address the room during the public comment period. Then they marched out.

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Deputy Chancellor Responds to Your School Choice Questions

Monday, December 19, 2011

Marc Sternberg, the deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, responds to some of the questions left over after the SchoolBook community event at the Pratt Institute on Dec. 8. Parents asked about their options, tutoring and "what happens to the students that schools don't compete for," among other topics.

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School Choice? A Question of Time and Money

Monday, December 05, 2011

When it comes to school choice, it is true that our system may be fairer than one in which every child’s educational fate is tied tightly to a parent’s ability to buy or rent expensive real estate. But that is little consolation to the student whose parent can’t get off work to attend tours that decide their school choices.

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Stuyvesant Student Takes Second in Siemens Competition

Monday, December 05, 2011

Brian Kim, 17, a student at Stuyvesant High School, took second place in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, and was awarded a $50,000 scholarship prize, for a theory that he likened to arranging cookies on a tray.

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Cookie Tray Theory Propels Student to D.C.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Packing cookies in a tray. That is the analogy a Stuyvesant High School senior, Brian Kim, of Bayside, Queens, uses to describe the math project that has put him in the finals of the annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Brian, whose parents are Korean immigrants, will compete this weekend in Washington for the top prize of a $100,000 college scholarship.

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Schedule Chaos at Long Island City High School

Friday, October 28, 2011

Two months into the school year, and students at Long Island City High School are saying it is just like the first day of school again: all of their schedules have been changed, NY1 reports.

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At High School Fairs, Many Choices and a Few Worries

Monday, October 24, 2011

Middle school students in New York City had another opportunity over the weekend to look over the city's high schools, this time at borough high school fairs, to try to narrow down the choices for their application ballots. SchoolBook asked students (and parents and teachers) at the fair how the search had gone so far, and for advice to give to others.

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