Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Controversy Over Specialized High Schools Admissions

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Members $15 with RSVP (at least 24 hours ahead); $18 at door

Join us for Lunch with The League of Women Voters, featuring a buffet lunch (12pm-1pm) followed by a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike, and usually includes a Q&A.


New York City has nine specialized — and free — high schools, serving close to18,000 students annually. For eight of those schools, admission is based on how 8th graders score on the Specialized High School Admission Test. (For the ninth, LaGuardia, there are auditions.) Mayor De Blasio has proposed eliminating the admissions test because the number of black and Latino students at the three highest-status of those schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech — continues to be under 15%, despite the fact that black and Latino students comprise 70% of the public school populace. (In contrast, 30% of Asians in our public schools qualify for admission to the specialized high schools.) Instead, the mayor proposes that the system admit the top 7% of students at every public middle school throughout the city, a change that, it is estimated, would bring that percentage to 45%. Those who oppose this argue that it would change what is now an objective measure of merit.

For questions, please contact LWV manager Emily: or 212-725-3541