Thursday, September 26, 2019
Mayor De Blasio Backs Away From Eliminating The SHSAT
According to the New York Post the Mayor threw in the towel about eliminating the SHSAT for the specialized high schools and will start from scratch to come up with other ideas to diversify the specialized high schools. The Mayor scrapping his diversity plan for the specialized high school puts him at odds with the Chancellor who claimed the 1971 State law requiring the test as "racist".
The Mayor is not giving up and he will try to come up with a diversity plan for the specialized high schools that is acceptable both to the State and the various racial groups. This time he will include the East Asian community that he deliberately excluded previously. As expected, the Chancellor, Richard Carranza, was mum about the Mayor's changing his mind about the specialized schools but he is very unhappy since diversity is a top priority of his administration.
More bad news for the Chancellor and Mayor is that District 15 has delayed their school integration plan due to parental pressure and it looks like it will not be implemented until the 2021-22 school year, if at all. Further, parental resistance to the ill-advised and proposed District 28 diversity plan has forced the Superintendent to back down and asked for parental input. Finally, District 3 has also quietly reexamined their proposed diversity plan as there is a fear that they will lose their middle class students if they are bused into Harlem,
With Mayor Bill de Blasio becoming more and more unpopular as his 0% for President showed, his already difficult job to diversify the public schools becomes almost impossible to fully realize his diversity plan..