Mayor Passes the Buck on Elite School Diversity, Experts Say

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Mayor Passes the Buck on Elite School Diversity, Experts Say

Patch, 3.15.18

But there's nothing in state law that prevents officials from using different admission standards at those schools, experts say. “All it would take is a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education's governing board — to "un-designate" them as specialized schools and base acceptance on something other than the test, which has had perpetuated racial disparities since its inception, said David C. Bloomfield, an education policy professor at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. The mayor appoints eight of the panel's 13 members." It makes no educational sense to have admission based on a single rank-ordered test," Bloomfield said. "So this would be a step in the right direction not only in terms of diversity but in terms of educational practice."

Submitted on: MAR 15, 2018

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