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Adams backtracks on specialized school tests

June 19, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has reportedly ended his support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test after Chinese-American donors pulled out of upcoming fundraisers. Adams has been raising funds for an expected mayoral run in 2021, according to the New York Post.

For many years, the test has resulted in a preponderance of Asian-American students at the city’s top eight public high schools, but few black and Latino students. Last month, Asian-American families rallied in Cadman Plaza Park against de Blasio’s proposed changes, Eagle reported. “We feel you cannot punish the people who work hard and then they get in. Specialized high schools [are] trying to get the people who work harder and they can help the future of the country,” event volunteer Jerry Lo told the Eagle. After a meeting with Asian-American leaders, Adams told Chinese-American media that he’s now backing multiple entrance criteria but also keeping the exam and creating more specialized schools, the Post reported.

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