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Local parents protest short notice for conference on specialized high school admissions

November 8, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In Brooklyn this past May, Asian students, who are the highest performers on the specialized school exam, protested any potential changes to the test. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Angry parents in Brooklyn’s high-achieving School District 15 (Carroll Gardens-Windsor Terrace-Park Slope-Sunset Park) say they were given almost no notice about a Monday meeting about a plan to change specialized high school admissions.

Community Education Council 15, a parental advisory group, said the Department of Education mailed out its agenda on Friday afternoon, according to the New York Post. A version of the agenda previously posted on Facebook didn’t mention the specialized-schools issue.

One CEC source told the Post that DOE had not confirmed its attendance at the meeting until late last week. However, DOE said that the meeting had been planned in August.

After the controversy erupted, the CEC said it would host the presentation a second time in order to accommodate additional interested parties, the Post reported.

“To think they would have a meeting like this on such a major change is just not right,” one parent, who said he never heard about the gathering from his parent-teacher association or school, told the Post.

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