senate Bill S1827

Amended

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

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 11 / Mar / 2013
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • DEFEATED IN EDUCATION
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1827A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4204
Versions:
S1827
S1827A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§2590-g & 2590-h, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S6589, A9062, A9064, S6589

Votes

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Sponsor 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1827

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05359-01-3

S. 1827                             2

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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