The format was a debate over whether to eschew the SHSAT exam in order to increase diversity for New York City’s eight specialized high schools grows stronger.
Among the speakers were students, parents, educators, alumni from specialized high schools, such as Brooklyn Tech and Stuyvesant High School, and community activists.
187 Christa McAuliffe School in District 20, a school where many go on to the elite high schools.
One supporter of the SHSAT, named Charles and wearing a T-shirt that called for the fixing of the K-8 grades, paced around the stage while passionately denouncing the chancellor.
“You breed a toxic learning environment with students cheating, bragging about loss of sleep and competing with each other or even bullying each other.