View Full Version : All NYC Controversy Lingers Over City's Admissions Criteria at New UES School

06-11-2013, 10:01 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130611/yorkville/controversy-lingers-over-citys-admissions-criteria-at-new-ues-school) by Victoria Bekiempis:

The city is moving forward with plans to place a new middle school in P.S. 158's vacant space but public forums and meetings have done little to ease concerns and confusion among parents and education activists.

Under the Department of Education's current admissions plan, half the students gain admission by meeting somewhat stringent admissions criteria such as good attendance records or test scores while the others would have to meet lower standards like taking a school tour or signing up for information at a fair.

This proposal has prompted protest from area parents since it became public about a month ago because they believed the admissions model is an "unprecedented" hybrid with uncertain chances of success.

At both a recent public forum and Community Board 8 education committee meeting, it again became clear that neighborhood residents either wanted a purely "screened" or "unscreened" school but not an untested mix.

Parent Maryann Leung, for instance, worried that admissions processes at "selected" schools can be unfair to many children.

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