|Shaun Donovan speaks during a virtual announcement of his candidacy for the 2021 New York City mayoral campaign in the Bronx. | Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo|
We are in favor of validating a policy of school choice - public or charter - and allowing kids with Special needs - autism, ADHD, 2e Twice Exceptional, etc - to have the right learning environment and support. Thus, we believe in the Specialized High Schools' existence and that the test to get must remain, but be given to all students, and not denied to anyone. When I was President of the PTA at Booker T. Washington MS 54, I did a small amount of research into who took the exam at any of the middle schools in Harlem, and we found that Guidance Counselors told students that the SHSAT was "not for them".
Additionally, kids starting kindergarten and through middle school should have the same opportunity to take classes with Gifted Education curricula similar to other students already in a G&T or Honors Program. The segregation starting in kindergarten has to stop. The standard of excellence should be raised for all students, not lowered or dumbed down so that all students are "equal" at a common level of accomplishment.
Every child is unique and deserves his or her path to his/her personal best.
I don't believe that the huge entity known as the NYC Department of Education values individual achievement and the needs of students over the desire to silence and retaliate against employees and parents who are too outspoken and/or who make complaints about anything happening/not happening in their schools. Sadly, this won't change soon enough.
Editor, New York Court Corruption
Editor, National Public Voice
Editor, NYC Public Voice
Editor, Inside 3020-a Teacher Trials
Shaun Donovan is the latest mayoral candidate to call for permanently eliminating middle school admissions screens but said he wants to change the Specialized High School Admissions Test instead of scrapping it.
The de Blasio administration is removing admissions screens at all middle schools for a year and plans to administer the Specialized High School Admissions Test at the end of this month. Donovan said, as mayor, he would end the middle school screens permanently.