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.”

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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