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Feature stories | January 3, 2019 >>
While the debate rages across the city about whether scoring high on a single test is the fairest way to win a coveted seat in one of the city’s specialized high schools, students at the HS for American Studies at Lehman College are tutoring local middle school students to prepare them to meet the test challenge and ensure more diversity at the specialized school in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx.
Feature stories | November 1, 2018 >>
When Lynn Shon, a STEM teacher at MS 88 in Park Slope, accepted an invitation in 2017 to join the diversity working group in Brooklyn’s District 15 as a teacher representative, she had no idea where it would lead.
Press releases | September 20, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the news that Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza approved a diversity plan on Sept. 20, 2018 to increase middle school diversity in Brooklyn’s District 15 after a year-long community-driven process and proposal.
Editorials | July 5, 2018 >>
“Testing is not the be-all and end-all.” That statement would not be surprising coming from a teacher who sees subject mastery in a student’s class performance and work portfolio or from a parent in the opt-out movement. Both know that a child is more than a score on a high stakes test.
News stories | July 5, 2018 >>
The UFT has long argued that students and teachers are more than a single test score. That is why UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined School Chancellor Richard Carranza, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city elected officials on June 3 to call on state legislators to change a law that requires a single test for admission into the city’s eight specialized high schools.
Editorials | June 7, 2018 >>
Words matter. When Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza uses the word “segregation,” he’s tackling head-on a critical issue in New York City public schools.
Editorials | July 6, 2017 >>
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for increasing school diversity, released on June 6, is a much-needed response to segregation in New York City public schools.
Feature stories | April 6, 2017 >>
Using the PROSE program, the faculty at MS 447 in Boerum Hill is doing something concrete to foster diversity in their school.
Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 >>
About 55 7th-graders from neighboring middle schools have been spending busy Saturday mornings at the test-prep program initiated and led by Brooklyn Latin HS teachers to encourage and prepare local students for the challenging entrance exam required for admission
Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>
Brooklyn Latin HS's growing reputation as a classical international baccalaureate school since its founding in 2006 has made it more difficult for neighborhood students to gain admission. The school is now using the PROSE program to try to reverse that trend.