Reasonable people can disagree about the value of changing admissions to Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and five other schools that use the Specialized High School Admissions Test.
He also conceded the switch to only high-poverty schools may not improve diversity at the specialized high schools because Asian-American families are statistically the poorest demographic group in the city.
There should be more than “optics” in play when it comes to disrupting a system that is producing the highest-achieving high schools in the city.
When that advanced programming was offered in middle schools in every district, demographics at specialized schools more closely mirrored the city at large.
If the DOE would do the hard work of restoring Gifted and Talented and enhanced and accelerated coursework in every community, we could close the demographic gap at the specialized schools.