Meng Issues Statement on Mayor de Blasio’s Comments Regarding New York City’s Specialized High Schools
Sep 25, 2019
QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today issued the following statement on Mayor de Blasio’s comments regarding New York City’s specialized high schools.
“The mayor’s efforts to address diversity at New York City’s specialized high schools were flawed from the beginning, and I’m pleased he has now recognized that his plan was not an effective solution.
As an elected official who is also a graduate of a New York City specialized high school (Stuyvesant High School), I was extremely disappointed by the sweeping changes the mayor proposed – in particular the elimination of the SHSAT – and the divisive comments made by the chancellor.
We all agree that diversity needs to improve at our specialized high schools. The status quo is unacceptable. But it is also unacceptable to not include all communities in the discussion.
Going forward, the mayor MUST make the process more open and inclusive, and ensure that all stakeholders – including Asian American leaders – have a seat at the table when it comes to considering any reforms at the city’s specialized high schools. Pitting communities against each other over this issue cannot be allowed to occur again.
All voices must be heard and I stand ready to work with the mayor, chancellor and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that all our students have the tools they need to succeed.”