Category: law

  • McCauliffe 2018 Case: MOTION for Preliminary Injunction

    The judge’s motion denying a preliminary injunction which attempted to block scheduled changes to the Discovery program. You can find most case documents here https://shsatsunset.org/christa-mcauliffe-intermediate-school-pto-inc-et-al-v-de-blasio-et-al/ The 40-page document also contains lots of findings of fact that should be a useful legal overview. [pdf-embedder url=”https://shsatsunset.org/wp-content/uploads/case-201812/Christa_McAuliffe_Intermediate_v_De_Blasio_et_al__nysdce-18-11657__0066.0.pdf”] Here are some notes… As a preliminary matter, the Court finds…

  • Challengers of Affirmative Action Have a New Target: New York City’s Elite High Schools

    This week, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative, libertarian-leaning law firm that has a history of challenging affirmative action policies, filed the first lawsuit against his admissions reform proposal, which he announced this summer. But the suit does not take on the part of Mr. de Blasio’s proposal that has provoked the most controversy: a plan that…

  • NAACP 2012 Case: New York City Specialized High School Complaint

    In school districts across the nation, talented African Americans and other students of color are denied a fair opportunity to gain access to the life-changing educational experiences provided by specialized schools for high-achieving students and gifted/talented education programs.  As a result, elite public schools and programs, which provide key pathways to college and then to…

  • Parents Mull Suit Over City Plan to Boost Diversity at Elite Schools

    Vito LaBella, president of the Christa McAuliffe Parent Teacher Organization, said that if parents decide to forge ahead, the federal suit would challenge this set-aside plan. “It’s discriminatory,” he said. “I do believe our children would no longer be allowed to partake in Discovery.” Currently the small Discovery program is available to disadvantaged applicants citywide.…

  • A10427: An act to amend the education law, in relation to admission to the specialized high schools in the city of New York

    10427–A I N A S S E M B L Y April 20, 2018 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BARRON, BLAKE, DAVILA, MONTESANO, PERRY, SIMON, STECK, PICHARDO, COOK, HOOPER, TAYLOR, RIVERA, PRETLOW, DE LA ROSA, TITUS, DICKENS, WRIGHT, VANEL, BICHOTTE, JOYNER, SOLAGES, ARROYO, WOERNER, THIELE, FERNANDEZ, ERRIGO, ESPINAL, WEPRIN, MOSLEY, GOTTFRIED — read once…

  • Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York

    The earlier test that Judge Wood ruled was discriminatory, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, was used until 2004. She said that because the minority candidates were failing that test in greater numbers, the burden was on public officials to prove the test served a valid purpose. In similar rulings, judges around the country have…

  • Charges of Bias in Admission Test Policy at Eight Elite Public High Schools

    A coalition of educational and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint on Thursday saying that black and Hispanic students were disproportionately excluded from New York City’s most selective high schools because of a single-test admittance policy they say is racially discriminatory. The complaint, filed with the United States Education Department, seeks to have the policy found…

  • Brooklyn: Action Filed Over School Admissions

    The first legal challenge against Hecht-Calandra was launched in 1974. Only 3 years after the law was passed. Since then there’s been a number of legal actions. Here’s one from 2007. A public-interest law firm in Washington filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Education Department yesterday, charging that a program created to…

  • Legislature Retains Admission Tests for City’s Four Specialized High Schools

    Archive of the original NYTimes news article from 1971 Without debate, the Senate and the Assembly gave final legislative approval today to a bill designed to limit the New York City Board of Education’s power to alter the city’s four specialized high schools. https://www.nytimes.com/1971/05/26/archives/legislature-retains-admission-tests-for-citys-four-specialized-high.html