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  1. #1

    Unfair 2021 HS admissions?

    Do you or someone you know feel the 2021 High School admissions was rigged or unfair?

    https://nypost.com/2021/06/02/doe-as...ents-want-out/


    This letter was written by CEC District 2

    COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
    333 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212-356-3915 E-mail: cec2@schools.nyc.gov website: CECD2.net
    Council Members: Edward Irizarry (President), Emily Hellstrom (Vice President), Benjamin
    Morden (Treasurer), Vincent Hom (Recording Secretary), Robin Broshi, Eric Goldberg, Maud
    Maron, Ushma Neill, Leonard Silverman, Shino Tanikawa, Thomas Wrocklage
    June 1, 2021
    To:
    Chancellor Meisha Porter
    Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood and Enrollment
    Sarah Kleinhandler, Chief Enrollment Officer
    Samuel Daunt, Senior Director High School Admissions
    We are writing to demand transparency around process and outcomes for 2021/22 school
    year admissions for middle and high school students who attend school in Community
    School District 2. Attached to this letter is a data request list for middle and high school
    placements.
    While we hope this data will show that the DOE took care in placing students in schools even
    when they did not get matched with a school on their ranked list, we are concerned that
    District 2 families are now experiencing what families across NYC have been complaining to
    DOE about for years -- that the high school process is a deeply flawed and failed system that
    needs to be changed. The DOE has ignored the experience of families across NYC for too
    long and now District 2 voices will be added to that chorus.
    With regard to high school placements, we have heard reports that there are students who
    did not match to any schools on their lists who were assigned to schools very far away from
    their homes and/or to transfer schools that are designed for students who are not entering in
    9th grade and can include students over the age of 21. We also know of students who were
    only offered a match to a specialized high school while others were offered a seat at a
    specialized high school as well as a non-specialized high school. We heard there was a
    policy change on this part of the process without properly notifying the families participating
    in the process.
    We would also like a description of the process the Office of Enrollment uses to assign
    students who do not match to schools on their list. It appears that there has been no effort to
    consult with superintendents to advise on optimal placements for students who do not match
    to the schools on their lists. In District 2, in particular, this work was absolutely necessary as
    the changes to priority for six high schools were almost guaranteed to result in an increase
    school placements that weren’t aligned to ranked choices. We have anecdotal evidence that
    a group of students were matched to a high school with current year enrollment of fewer than
    150 students. Assigning a large influx of students to a struggling, under-resourced school
    with declining enrollment is a decision that is harmful not only to the incoming students but to
    the school as well.
    We look forward to your prompt attention in receiving this data, reviewing it with you, and
    working together to improve the middle and high school placement process.
    Sincerely,
    Edward Irizarry, President Emily Hellstrom, Vice President
    Robin Broshi Eric Goldberg
    Ushma Neill Thomas Wrocklage
    Shino Tanakawa
    Cc:
    Adrienne Austin, Deputy Chancellor Deputy Chancellor of Community Empowerment,
    Partnerships, and Communications
    Marisol Rosales, Executive Superintendent, Manhattan
    Tim Lisante, Executive Superintendent, Access Schools
    Kelly McGuire, Superintendent Community School District 2
    Vivian Orlean, Superintendent Manhattan High Schools
    Fred Walsh, Superintendent CUNY and Urban Assemply High Schools
    Alan Cheng, Superintendent Consortium, Internationals, NYC Outward Bound High Schools
    Richard Cintron, Superintendent New Visions High Schools

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    Hypocrisy

    Unfortunately for district 2 students, this same crew of CEC members were the ones who fought to bring this tragic outcome to fruition. The DOE acted on their requests to dismantle the system and remove district screens entirely. For those students who were placed in failing high schools, you have Shino Tanikawa, Eric Goldberg, Robin Broshi, Edward Iziary and Emily Hellstrom to thank!

    So much for representing district 2 voices.

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    Aren’t these the same CEC members who didn’t listen to the parents who wanted to keep screens and district preference? School districts and their affect on real estate values is universal across America. Aren’t these also the same board members whose children have already benefitted from screens? It’s a shame that this hypocrisy couldn’t be highlighted before the recent election. Middle class flight was already a fact under COVID. I wonder if Gayle Brewer will consider the shrinkage of middle class constituents and her loss in tax base (as well as election donations) when she appoints Shino again or will she correct course?

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    Yes, it's them. And they were told this would happen. Disgusting. There is a problem, but they don't have the solution, and their destructive behavior is just making things even more worse.
    Passionate tutor of Elementary School subjects specializing in NY state tests, and the specialized high/middle school tests (SHSAT, Hunter, TACHS/CHSEE, ISEE, SSAT, ERB, ...)

  5. #5
    So the crew that wrote this letter received EXACLY WHAT THEY ASKED FOR. They are the District 2 CEC members who advocated 100% against the interests of District 2 families. This letter is PR-related damage control - nothing more. They knew when they voted that District 2 kids would be forced to attend lower quality schools outside the district and not on their lists. These people were advocating for their own social causes, not for the people they are chartered to represent.

    And to make matters worse - In a textbook case of leading from behind, they are advocating on the backs our children, not theirs. Pretty sure that many from the Robin, Eric, Emily, Edward, Shino crew have/had children in screened and specialized schools. Someone on this thread can confirm that. If they actually believe in what they fought for, then the first thing they would do is pull their own kids from their screened schools in the name of equity. Surely they could find a less-privileged family out there. And from a representative capacity, they could then know what it's like for D2 families to exist in/navigate the system they fought for. That is how a principle leader operates. These are not principled leaders.

    The natural response from this crew would be to simply dismiss me and those like me as not understanding their "privilege" without any understanding of where any of us came from or how we got to where we are in life. To be clear, all of us want to see better educational opportunities in underserved minority communities - it's just that we'd propose doing so in a manner that actually expands opportunities for those families instead of simply contracting them from the community at large in a manner that achieves equity through "all children left behind." Clearly the D2 "leaders" understand the educational anchor of the system they are creating - if they actually thought it benefitted kids (in D2 or otherwise), they'd start with their own.

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    Thumbs down Eric Goldberg was emphatic that we didn’t understand

    I remember him being very dismissive and talking down to his opponents on this resolution. He told us we didn’t understand. Robin Broshi was highly emotional and us we would not be affected. Meanwhile, under Shino’s umbrella of us doing critical race theory work, they have all put D2 kids out of D2, something they said would not happen. Eric said we wouldn’t have to worry about our kids not attending schools outside of neighborhood. Now we have high performing students going to low performing schools that won’t provide them adequate support via AP exams for college admissions and what will they do?

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    *“The natural response from this crew would be to simply dismiss me and those like me as not understanding their "privilege" without any understanding of where any of us came from or how we got to where we are in life. To be clear, all of us want to see better educational opportunities in underserved minority communities - it's just that we'd propose doing so in a manner that actually expands opportunities for those families instead of simply contracting them from the community at large in a manner that achieves equity through "all children left behind." Clearly the D2 "leaders" understand the educational anchor of the system they are creating - if they actually thought it benefitted kids (in D2 or otherwise), they'd start with their own.”*


    AMBfam, I couldn’t agree more!! They should lead by example and give up their own children’s coveted spots. Except of course for Shino, who’s kids are already out of the system and benefiting from their advanced curriculum schooling.

    It’s shameful how this bunch was grandstanding and are now posturing.

  8. #8

    Angry Yes, this year HS admissions are UNFAIR.

    Child A and child B went to the SAME middle school.
    Child A has a higher composite score of over 91.
    Child B has a lower composite score of about 86.
    Both are friends, knew each other well. Same race too.

    Guess what, child B with a lower score 86 got into Leon Goldstein HS.
    But child A got rejected even with a higher score of 91.

    How do I explain to this to my child that his friend got in but not him???
    I contacted Leon Goldstein HS for an answer. This is the link they sent me:

    https://www.lmghs.org/ourpages/auto/...20Document.pdf

    If you read page 3, students are grouped by zip codes.
    Child A lives 3 blocks away from child B, in a different zip code, therefore they were grouped differently. In this case, there is no gain in diversity, but only UNFAIR to child A.
    Last edited by bktosi; 06-05-2021 at 02:34 AM.

  9. #9
    They knew unscreening and other things they did would not produce diversity, even Shino said so despite what she did, but D2, the DOE, de Blasio, et al went ahead anyway across the whole city.
    Passionate tutor of Elementary School subjects specializing in NY state tests, and the specialized high/middle school tests (SHSAT, Hunter, TACHS/CHSEE, ISEE, SSAT, ERB, ...)

  10. #10
    How is Shino still on Cec D2? Haven't her own kids graduated out of the system -- with their SCREENED HS degrees?

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