New York

Rise & Shine: Lawmakers call for hearings to talk SHSAT

Good morning!

Just one day after new statistics showed that New York City's elite specialized high schools are as segregated as ever, lawmakers in the state Assembly announced they plan to hold hearings on the schools' admissions policies.

The hearings represent a significant step given that lawmakers have not prioritized Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to diversify the specialized schools — a plan that requires state legislative approval. Still, it's unclear whether the mayor's proposal will gain any traction in Albany or even if it will be brought up for a vote.

Also in today's roundup, we have a complete rundown of the demographics of students who took the Specialized High School Admissions Test and which schools they got into.

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

HEAR ME OUT State legislators are planning to hold hearings in May to talk about admissions to the city’s specialized high schools, a day after new statistics showed they continue to be starkly segregated. Chalkbeat, New York Post

BY THE NUMBERS Here’s a full breakdown of the demographics of students who took the SHSAT and were ultimately admitted to New York City’s specialized high schools. Chalkbeat

The New York Times published a series of letters from readers about segregation at the schools.

HOT TAKES Opinion: The city should focus on creating more high-performing schools instead of scrapping the SHSAT. New York Post 

Opinion: “I hope there will always be room for a Stuyvesant or two, much as they offend our notions about inclusiveness,” writes Jay Nordlinger in National Review.

NEED FOR SPEED State lawmakers approved a dramatic expansion to the city’s school-zone speed camera program to cover 750 schools. Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post

SCHOOL SAFETY Opinion: One way to make sure students are safe is by lifting the cap on charters schools, argues the Manhattan Institute’s Max Eden. New York Post

TOWN HALL U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez encouraged parents to organize around a slew of education policy issues at a recent town hall meeting. Jacobin