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Quinn Sides With NAACP: Need More Than One Exam For Elite Schools

The City Council Speaker broke from Mayor Bloomberg, agreeing with the NAACP's claim that discrimination at elite schools should be looked at.

City Council Speaker – and mayoral hopeful – Christine Quinn defended the NAACP’s claim that the entrance exam to city’s best high schools is keeping black and Latino students out, says the New York Post.

The NAACP have charged that nearly 31 percent of white students and 35 percent of Asian students who take the entrance exams are welcomed to the best schools, compared with only 5 percent of black students and 6.7 percent of Latinos.

“I can’t speak to the legal issues…but I think the NAACP has a point we should take a look at,” Quinn told radio host John Gambling. “I don’t think the only way to find the best students is through one singular test.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg scoffed at the NAACP’s claim, though, calling the admissions process “as fair as can be.”

“I do not think state law should be changed in terms of these specialty schools. These are schools designed for the best and the brightest,” Bloomberg said. “I don’t care what people say. Life isn’t always fair…If some kids want to work harder and some parents are able to focus and get more help for their kids, those kids are beneficiaries.”

Ana M. October 04, 2012 at 11:02 AM
So my daughter is denied a chance because I can't afford a private tutor or Kaplan program. There are plenty of kids that make it in by being smart, but don't tell me the rich kid doesn't have the advantage.
Melissa Danielle October 04, 2012 at 12:22 PM
When PS/IS 308 was a Magnet school, they offered after-school test prep for the specialized high schools. I don't remember if it was free or not, but I do remember it feeling mandatory. I don't agree that we need "more than one test". The NYC DOE curriculum is already forcing teachers to "teach to the test", you mean to say none of this helps students pass the specialized HS exams? These tests have worked for 75+ years, and not everyone, regardless of ethnicity or income, can handle the specialized high schools. What else is going on here? BTHS '98
Sue October 04, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I too have a problem with this- For Mayor Bloomberg to make a statement like that, speaks to his interest of helping those children- who are smart but may require a little more help to ace these speacilized test. I am so digusted with the school system in general- if i could afford to put my child in a private school I would. But just like with most families- I too can't afford this!! Children of color always get the raw-end of the deal and according to the current Mayor- "Oh Well" is his attitude- unbelivable!!
pat October 04, 2012 at 02:14 PM
So then there should be a program that offers free test prep for these schools, but leave the exam alone.
Sylvia Johnson October 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I think that the test should stay in place. I am an African American mother whose two children took, passed the test for Bklyn Tech and graduated from that school. The education that they received wasgreat.. They both finished college and graduate school and are doing quite well. My husband and I devoted lots of time to our children enrolling them at the Y for various courses like swimming and gymnastics on Saturdays while their friends were home watching cartoons or just relaxing. We couldn't afford prep courses etc but we instilled the value of education and children learn by example.
BRADY October 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Yes Pat there should be a program that offers free test prep for THESE SCHOOLS because we all know that the people going to THESE SCHOOLS can't make it without it being given to THEM FOR FREE forget the parents ,the've shown that the only thing there good for is complaining about having to actually help their children go further and progress in life, and we all know that all ASAINS and WHITE people are all so rich and their kids have tutors to get THEM into these schools
BRADY October 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
if you want something you actually have to WORK to get it not sit back and blame someone because you sat back and did'nt get it ''SO MY DAUGHTER IS DENIED A CHANCE BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD A PRIVATE TUTOR OR KAPLAN PROGRAM'' no your daughter is denied a chance because you did'nt work with her enough! her father did'nt work with her enough! NOBODY IN YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY TOOK THE TIME TO WORK WITH YOUR DAUGHTER ENOUGH! YOU EXPECT IT TO BE GIVEN TO YOU FOR FREE ! WORK FOR IT!
BRADY October 06, 2012 at 09:37 AM
for every one step foward it always end up two steps back with the'' where's mine ''and the '' we have to take care of them because they cant do it on their own''attitudes where is the selfrespect
james October 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
This is too important an issue for political meddling.

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