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New York City reverses on controversial high school admissions process

  • New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced that the city is rolling back a pandemic-era moratorium that allowed more low-income students to enter some of the city’s most elite schools via “random lottery.”
  • The move, which Banks said was based on feedback from families, will regrant selective schools the option to reserve admissions for top-performing students. 
  • “It’s critically important that if you’re working hard and making good grades, you should not be thrown into a lottery with just everybody,” Banks was quoted as saying. 
  • He clarified that since the city is not imposing a blanket rule, it will be left to the district superintendents to work with school communities to implement admissions processes they deem best for them. 

Top high schools in New York City are expected to tighten their admissions criteria with the return of grade-based admissions. 

On Thursday, City Department of Education Chancellor David C. Banks announced that the city is rolling back a controversial pandemic-era moratorium that allowed more low-income students to enter some of the city’s most elite schools.

New York state Sen. John Liu pushes for return to merit-based high school admissions

  • Sen. John C. Liu (NY-D) sent a letter to New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David Banks on Friday requesting to remove the high school lottery admissions process from the city's public high school system.
  • “The high school admissions process has been rife with uncertainty and confusion under the current system causing outrage during an already stressful time in families’ lives,” Liu said in a press release on Monday.
  • “The DOE must abandon this lottery as a relic of the pandemic, and reinstate an admissions system that values diligence and achievement,” he continued.
  • Liu noted in his letter to Banks that the uncertainty ingrained in the lottery-based admission process has driven many families out of the public school system, with some even opting to move out of New York.

Sen. John C. Liu (NY-D) has called on New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) to remove the city’s high school lottery-based admissions process and return to a system that “values diligence and achievement.”

In his letter addressed to DOE Chancellor David Banks on Friday, Liu requested that the DOE return to its previous admissions process that considered academic performance for students, calling the current lottery-based process “unpopular and ineffective.”

Lowell High School to return to merit-based admissions after San Francisco school board vote

  • The San Francisco Board of Education voted on Wednesday for Lowell High School to return to academic-based admissions after two years of using a lottery-based system.
  • Lowell employed the random lottery system for the 2021 school year as a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The system aimed to help improve the school’s diversity after complaints of the school’s “racist culture.”
  • Board officials decided to make the new system permanent in 2021, but a judge ruled that the board had violated the state’s open meeting law.
  • The school board approved the creation of a task force to examine San Francisco Unified School District high schools, including their admissions policies, as a way to improve the district’s high schools.

The San Francisco Board of Education voted the city’s top ​​public high school to return to academic-based admissions after two years of using a lottery-based system.    

In a 4-3 vote on Wednesday, the board’s decision will restore merit-based admissions for Lowell High School’s incoming freshmen in fall of 2023. Applicants must once again meet a designated grade point average and standardized test score criteria to qualify for admission to the school.

Asian and white parents sue Boston Public Schools to overturn exam school’s admission policy

  • An assembly of Asian and white parents filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Boston Public Schools in hopes of having at least five of their children admitted to the elite exam schools.
  • Their children failed to secure seats due to a lack of admittance allotted to their ZIP codes under the temporary policy.
  • The temporary admission policy, in an effort to increase diversity, allowed more Black and Latino students seats while less Asian and white applicants were granted admission.
  • Boston switched to a new admissions policy this year that divides admission geographically by grouping together areas with similar socio-economic profiles.
  • The Boston school officials, who have not commented on the plaintiff’s request, have until July 19 to file their response in the appeals court.

An assembly of Asian and white parents requested the federal appeals court overturn the exam school admission policy of Boston Public Schools (BPS).  

The Boston parents filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against BPS in hopes of having at least five of their children admitted to the elite exam schools after they failed to secure seats due to a temporary admission policy in place last year.

Top SF high school sees record spike in failing grades after dropping merit-based admission system

Lowell High School
  • San Francisco’s Lowell High School is seeing a record spike in D’s and F’s among its first batch of students admitted through a new lottery system.
  • The new system replaced the school’s established merit-based admissions practice, which had catapulted it to become one of the best high schools in the country.
  • Of the 620 first-year students admitted in fall 2021 via lottery, nearly one in four (24.4%) received at least one letter grade of D or F, tripling from 7.9% in fall 2020.
  • Proponents of the new lottery system argue that the merit-based system was racist as it resulted in an underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic students; opponents say it would harm Asian students – who compose the majority of the student body – and undermine the benefits of a competitive academic environment.
  • Principal Joe Ryan Dominguez attributed the spike to “too many variables” and said it is important “not to insinuate a cause on such a sensitive topic.”

San Francisco’s Lowell High School, regarded as one of the best in the nation, is seeing a record spike in Ds and Fs among its first batch of students admitted in fall 2021 through a new lottery system instead of its decades-long merit-based admissions.

Of the 620 first-year students admitted through the lottery, nearly one in four (24.4%) received at least one letter grade of D or F in the said semester, according to internal records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. This marks a triple increase from 7.9% in fall 2020 and 7.7% in fall 2019.

School board member says ‘anti-Asian feel’ to new admission policy of country’s top high school

  • Fairfax County school board member Abrar Omeish is under fire after a text message to another board member about the district’s admissions policy was published by an outside organization.
  • Based on the texts, Omeish seems to be admitting that the district’s race-based admissions is “anti Asian.”
  • Emails exchanged between the school board members and a district official will also be used in a court case against the Fairfax County School Board.

Abrar Omeish, a Fairfax County school board member, wrote in a text message to another board member that the district’s admissions policy is discriminatory towards Asians.

“I mean there has been an anti asian feel underlying some of this, hate to say it lol,” Omeish texted school board member Stella Pekarsky, according to Parents Defending Education.

University of Maryland draws controversy for separating Asian students from ‘students of color’

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland drew backlash over its enrollment and admissions graphic that separated Asian students from “Students of Color” and put them in the same section as white students.

What happened: The graphic was shown during a presentation by Daryll Pines, the university’s president, for the university senate “State of the Campus” report on Nov. 10, according to Fox News.

University of California Faces Lawsuit Over Discrimination of Asian American Applicants

A UCLA professor and a new Asian American organization are suing the University of California for withholding records that could expose the system’s racial bias against Asian Americans in undergraduate admissions.

Professor Richard Sander, a known critic of affirmative action, and the Asian American Community Services Center (AACSC) believe that the UC system is violating Proposition 209, a state initiative passed in 1996 that prohibits public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race.