NYC education groups hold opposing rallies over fate of controversial admissions rules

“At its event, parent group PLACE NYC — which supports selective admissions criteria — urged city officials to preserve the admissions requirements for specialized high schools and gifted and talented programs, and schedule entrance exams as soon as possible….

“Thousands of students have been studying for the SHSAT for months,” PLACE NYC parents said in letter Oct. 8.

“Non-profit organizations and working class New York families across the city have expended enormous resources to help these students get prepared,” the letter said. “As students make their final preparations for what could be a life-altering exam, they each deserve more than a few days’ notice of how and when DOE’s plans will change.”

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