May 10, 2019 By Laura HanrahanCongresswoman Grace Meng submitted written testimony earlier today to the the New York State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Education, strongly rebuking Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT).
“The SHSAT was not designed with specific community groups in mind, nor is it biased toward certain students,” Meng said.
The SHSAT is currently used to determine admission to the city’s eight specialized high schools.
Currently, the specialized schools’ population is approximately 29 percent white and 51 percent Asian.
De Blasio’s plan has spurred outrage in Asian-American communities who feel that the new criteria is discriminatory against Asian students.