Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams strongly supports the SHSAT as the sole measure of academic merit. He argues that the only reason he got into a specialized high school was that he was good at taking tests, and not particularly good in class.
Jumaane Williams has also been heavily lobbied on his SHSAT position by some of the city’s most powerful lobbyists.
Now here’s Jumaane in his own words…
It’s difficult to fact-check this speech because there’s so much wrong. Beacon high school stats are wrong. Beacon is 14% Black, and 20% Latino. Much better than Stuyvesant’s 1% Black.
He also argues substantially against multiple-measures. Claiming that
Response to 2018 SHSAT Results
Mr Williams had the same tired excuses and redirects.
Jumaane has been falsely “calling” for discussion from at least 2014. He never facilitates this discussion. He has never provided a framework for this discussion. He simply punts the issue with “needs discussion”, leaving the status quo he supports in place.
The “Cutting off access points to education” Jumanne mentions is referring to a small tweak in the way the city defines “disadvantaged” in reference to disadvantaged students. The city now includes a child’s school poverty concentrate when calculating
As for “pitting communities against each other“, I’d like to remind our public advocate that we have always had to fight the status quo for school integration. It has never come easily.