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Rise & Shine: To screen or not to screen, parents wonder

Good morning!

In their latest draft of recommendations, the Diversity Plan Working Group of District 15 called for the elimination of screening for admissions to the district’s 11 middle schools in order to increase diversity. Some parents believe the new lottery process proposed will be more fair to students who can’t afford test prep. Others are torn because they believe that screening ensures students are academically prepared for the schools they receive acceptances to.

Also in today’s roundup we hear about more pushback to de Blasio’s plan to change the admissions process to the city’s top public high schools, and from parents on Staten Island who are searching for resources after learning that the special needs preschools their children attend will close down.


— Sabby


MIXED FEELINGS As community members in District 15 call for changes to the admissions process in their middle schools, parents share their opinions on the changes proposed. The Wall Street Journal

KEEP THE TEST The Community Education Council 26 passed a resolution that rejected Mayor De Blasio’s plan to scrap the specialized high school admissions test. Queens Chronicle

SCHOOL CLOSING On Staten Island parents are fighting for their kids education as the special needs preschool Gingerbread Learning Center announced it would be closing its doors. Staten Island Advance