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Bill S1827-2013

Authorizes the board of education of the city school district of the city of New York to establish standards for admission to special high schools

Authorizes the board of education of the city school district of the city of New York to establish standards for admission to special high schools.

Details

Actions

  • Apr 16, 2013: DEFEATED IN EDUCATION
  • Mar 11, 2013: NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - Apr 16, 2013
Ayes (6): Latimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Tkaczyk
Ayes W/R (1): Stavisky
Nays (11): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Valesky

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1827

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to admission to a special high school in the city school district of the city of New York

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to allow the New York City Department of Education to establish standards for admission to designated specialized high schools

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISION: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 2590-g of the education law is amended to read:

4. Provided, further, the city board shall establish procedures and standards for the admission to the special high schools of the city district, including the grade point averages of applicants, personal statements of interest submitted by applicants and such other factors as the city board shall determine to be necessary.

§ S. Subdivision 2 of section 2590-g of the education law is amended to read as follows: Provided further, the city board shall establish procedures and standards for the admission to the special high schools of the city district including the grade point averages of applicants, personal statements of interest submitted by the applicants and such other factors as the city board shall determine to be necessary

§ 5. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, except that sections two and four of this act shall take effect on the same date as sections 2590-g and 2509-h of the education law expire and revert pursuant to chapter 354 of the laws of 2009, as amended, when upon such date sections one and three of this act shall be deemed repealed, provided, further, that effective immediately any actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

JUSTIFICATION: Students seeking admission into one of New York City specialized high schools must take the SHSAT. The results of this exam are the only factor considered for student admission, not grade point average, written statements or letters of recommendation. It is astounding that these high schools can use such antiquated measures of evaluation. Methods that research proves are not accurate measures of student performance, capability or intellect. The MAT is a snap shot of the student and more accurately measures their test taking ability than their worthiness of admission into NYC elite public high schools.

Furthermore, using this test as the sole basis for admission further exacerbates the racial gap persistent in the enrollment of these schools. combined white and Asian students account for 70 percent of

the students admitted to these schools, conversely Black and Hispanic children make up 72 percent of citywide enrollment in the public school system but only account for 11 percent of the student enrollment at these institutions. Research has consistently shown that minorities perform worse on standardized test than their white counterparts. However, these students are no less capable or intelligent. There has been much research dedicated to the racial gap in standardized testing, it exist.

Our elite colleges and universities use other measures in addition to the SAT for admission. It is only logical that New York City stop relying on the test only for admission and formulate a more common sense policy.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, except that sections two and four of this act shall take effect on the same date as sections 2590-g and 2509-h of the education law expire and revert pursuant to chapter 354 of the laws of 2009, as amended, when upon such date sections one and three of this act shall be deemed repealed, provided, further, that effective immediately any actions necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1827 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to admission to a special high school in the city school district of the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 2590-g of the education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 4. subject to the provisions of section twenty-five hundred ninety-i of this article, maintain such jurisdiction over city-wide educational policies governing the special, academic, vocational, and other high schools authorized by this article [before the effective date of this section] as the respective community district education councils main- tain over the schools within their jurisdiction, which shall not be construed to require or authorize the day-to-day supervision or the administration of the operations of such schools. PROVIDED, FURTHER, THE CITY BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS FOR THE ADMIS- SION TO THE SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOLS OF THE CITY DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE GRADE POINT AVERAGES OF APPLICANTS, PERSONAL STATEMENTS OF INTEREST SUBMITTED BY APPLICANTS AND SUCH OTHER FACTORS AS THE CITY BOARD SHALL DETERMINE TO BE NECESSARY. S 2. Subdivision 4 of section 2590-g of the education law, as added by chapter 720 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: 4. subject to the provisions of section twenty-five hundred ninety-i of this article, maintain such jurisdiction over policies governing the special, academic, vocational and other high schools authorized by this article [before the effective date of this section] as the respective community boards maintain over the schools within their jurisdiction, which shall not be construed to require or authorize the day-to-day
supervision or the administration of the operations of such schools. PROVIDED, FURTHER, THE CITY BOARD SHALL ESTABLISH PROCEDURES AND STAND- ARDS FOR THE ADMISSION TO THE SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOLS OF THE CITY DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE GRADE POINT AVERAGES OF APPLICANTS, PERSONAL STATEMENTS OF INTEREST SUBMITTED BY APPLICANTS AND SUCH OTHER FACTORS AS THE CITY BOARD SHALL DETERMINE TO BE NECESSARY. S 3. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (b) all specialized senior high schools. The special high schools shall include the present schools known as: The Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn Technical High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts in the borough of Manhattan, and such further schools which the city board may designate from time to time. The special schools shall be permitted to maintain a discovery program in accordance with the law in effect on the date preceding the effective date of this section[; admis- sions to the special schools shall be conducted in accordance with the law in effect on the date preceding the effective date of this section]; S 4. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the education law, as amended by chapter 720 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: (b) all specialized senior high schools. The special high schools shall include the present schools known as: The Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn Technical High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts in the borough of Manhattan, and such further schools which the city board may designate from time to time. The special schools shall be permitted to maintain a discovery program in accordance with the law in effect on the date preceding the effective date of this section[; admis- sions to the special schools shall be conducted in accordance with the law in effect on the date preceding the effective date of this section]; S 5. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, provided that the amend- ments to subdivision 4 of section 2590-g and paragraph (b) of subdivi- sion 1 of section 2590-h of the education law made by sections one and three of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such sections pursuant to section 34 of chapter 91 of the laws of 2002, as amended and subdivision 12 of section 17 of chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, as amended respectively when upon such date the provisions of sections two and four of this act shall take effect.

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