NYC DOE official called parents who support specialized high school tests


A Department of Education official lashed out at supporters of the specialized high school entrance exam, calling them “bigots” in an online screed.

The accusation was leveled in the comment section of a since-deleted Facebook post of a New York Post article about Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter’s call to end the tests.

Ross-Porter called the current test — which is overwhelmingly aced by Asian students — “unacceptable.”

Some members of the Ozone Park Residents Block Association group on Facebook called for Ross-Porter’s resignation, claiming she was unfairly attacking the “hard working,” “low income” Asian minority group.

Queens Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at NYC Department of Education Alain Berrouet claimed that sentiment was biased against black students, who represent just a small fraction of those who passed the exam.

“Just more ‘Bigots’ on this thread trying to justify the soft intellectual genocide of black children. We see you,” the black official commented, in response to those defending the test, according to screenshots reviewed by The Post.

In response to a user who wrote, “The secret is study hard,” Bee retorted, “So are you saying that Black students are lazy and don’t ‘study hard’? Stop with the coded language and just admit to your bigotry and belief of Stereotypes.”

Another commenter called Bee out on the harsh rhetoric.

Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter criticized the city’s specialized high school entrance exam for producing the “same unacceptable results over and over again.”
Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter criticized the city’s specialized high school entrance exam for producing the “same unacceptable results over and over again.”
New York City Office of the Mayor via AP

“You took ‘study hard’ as a racist comment. Which is bulls–t,” the user replied.

In the latest test needed to enter the city’s nine specialized schools, Asians comprised 53.7 percent of those admitted, while 27.9 percent of students who passed were white.

Of the rest of the students that were accepted only 5.4 percent were Hispanic and 3.6 percent were black.

“I know from my 21 years as an educator that far more students could thrive in our Specialized High Schools, if only given the chance,” the new superintendent said in a statement Thursday.

“Instead, the continued use of the Specialized High School Admissions Test will produce the same unacceptable results over and over again, and it’s far past the time for our students to be fairly represented in these schools.”

Ross-Porter was swiftly blasted by Asian community members who called her remarks biased against young studious members of the minority group, which has increasingly been the target of violent hate crimes in the boroughs and beyond.

“What is unacceptable is the targeting of one particular group,” said activist Wai Wah Chin. “Especially with what we see happening on the streets of this city. What is unacceptable is telling Asians that they don’t belong in these schools despite their hard work.”



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