assembly Bill A10731

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to admission to the specialized high schools in the city of New York

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A10731 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2590-h, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:

A10731 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to admission to the specialized high schools in the city of New York; removes the discovery program admission process.

A10731 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              July 8, 2020

Introduced  by  COMMITTEE  ON  RULES  -- (at request of M. of A. Mosley,
  Barron, Blake, Epstein, Simon, Wright) -- read once  and  referred  to
  the Committee on Education

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law, in relation to admission to the
  specialized high schools in the city of New York


  Section  1. Legislative findings. Since the enactment of the Hecht-Ca-
landra Act in 1971, the New York city school district has not been  able
to  make  decisions  about  admissions  to its specialized high schools.
Instead, as a result of the Hecht-Calandra Act, the city school district
has been required to base admission decisions to  its  specialized  high
schools on only one criterion for admission - a student's performance on
a  single  standardized  exam. As a result of the use of this criterion,
known as the  specialized  high  school  admissions  test  (SHSAT),  the
student  population of the specialized high schools does not reflect the
diversity of the City's population. Whereas the  overall  percentage  of
Black  and Latino students in the city's public schools is approximately
sixty-seven percent, Black  and  Latino  students  only  represent  nine
percent  of  the  population  of the specialized schools. This disparity
hurts Black and Latino students and  it  also  harms  the  students  who
attend  the  specialized high schools, who do not reap the intellectual,
emotional and social benefits from learning in a more  diverse  environ-
ment.  Furthermore, the city school district is alone in its reliance on
a  single  metric  to  make admission decisions. Universities across the
country consider multiple factors when selecting their incoming  student
body;  selective  institutions  do  not  rely on the results of a single
exam. It is time for the city school district to  follow  suit  and  for
admissions  to  no  longer  be based on the procedures prescribed in the
Hecht-Calandra Act. This legislation will allow the city school district
to develop its own admissions criteria for specialized high schools,  as
it  develops  admissions criteria for other schools within the district,
and ensure that high-performing and talented students  across  all  five
boroughs have the opportunity to attend its specialized high schools.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets