June 8, 2018 (917) 697-2842
The data establishes that Asian Americans constituted 52% of those admitted to the 8 Specialized High Schools. Furthermore, many of these Asian American kids come from low-income families and/or are recent immigrants where English is not their first language. Yet, these students work hard, focus, and work diligently to excel to gain admissions to one of these schools. In their announcement for these proposed changes, the Mayor and Chancellor displayed racial undertones and stereotyping of Asian Americans that were deplorable. What they have done is pit one community of color with another. The Asian American community deserves a public apology from both the Mayor and the Chancellor.
“OCA-NY strongly believes in diverse schools and communities. However, what the Mayor and the Chancellor have proposed did not take into consideration the concerns of the Asian American communities. The city did not engage all communities before announcing its recently proposed changes. This is unacceptable to our community. Unless all New Yorkers, including Asian Americans, are part of the decision-making process, we cannot support A10427A or any efforts to reform the admissions process.”
Moving forward, OCA-NY invites the Mayor and the Chancellor to a community meeting with Asian Americans to discuss possible approaches to enhancing admissions fairness and diversity.