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What NYC Teens Actually Think About the SHSAT

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In June 2018, I began to hear news about then-Mayor Bill de Blasio wanting to do away with the Standardized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), the exam New York City students take to get into one of eight specialized high schools. These specialized schools are seen as huge stepping stones into elite colleges.  Instead, the […]

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Making Schools More Fair, Welcoming, and Safe

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Our writers asked tough questions about the issues they face at school. Here are New York City Schools Chancellor Porter’s positions on back-to-school Covid safety, New York City’s long history of education inequality, student vaccinations, and how to work successfully with a new mayor. This interview took place in July and has been edited for […]

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My Test Score Didn’t Show What I Could Achieve

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The snow was piling up outside the school window, almost as fast as the anxiety building up in my stomach. After what seemed like hours of waiting, I was called down to the guidance counselor’s office to receive my results for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Brooklyn Technical High School, one of New […]

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Defining Blackness

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One day in my 10th grade American Literature class, we read Fences by August Wilson. My teacher said to everyone, “We will be reading this play aloud in class. The main character, Troy, says the ‘n’ word many times, so I’ll just say that you guys have the choice to decide whether or not you […]

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