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August 29, 2014

A Weekly Round-Up, And Some Final Thoughts

Oh, seemingly intractable social inequalities: Fewer than 15% of undergrads at the top colleges come from the poorer half of American families. At specialized high schools in New York City, only 5-7% of attendees are students of color. Chronic absenteeism and poverty are correlated. And, I'm putting this blog to rest.

May 14, 2014

Federal Civil Rights Laws Apply Equally to Charter Schools, Guidance Says

The "Dear Colleague" letter included specific guidance related to admissions, students with disabilities, English-language learners, and discipline.

March 24, 2014

Media Outlets Tap Into Admissions Season Angst

It's college admissions season, and media outlets have started delivering stories about the decision-making process, the latest marketing efforts by colleges, and financial aid.

March 11, 2013

Independent School Admissions: It's About the Kids, After All

Independent school teachers didn't ask for the process to be like this, and as much as some might relish the prospect of a carefully selected student body, they didn't mean for the selection to take on the trappings of the crazed college application process.

December 24, 2012

Fairness in Awarding Scholarships

Strict academic merit has never been the sole basis for college admissions and scholarships.

September 27, 2012

Civil Rights Group Questions Specialized Schools' Admissions in N.Y.C.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a complaint against New York City's Specialized High Schools' admissions process. It says that over-reliance on a less-than-perfect test leads to disproportionately low numbers of African-American and Latino students at the schools.

March 23, 2012

App Helps Figure Odds for Chicago's Elite High School Seats

Parents or guardians who want to know the chances of their child getting into one of Chicago's elite public high schools now have a web app to help do that.

April 17, 2008

The Upper West Side Relief Act of 2008 (Or: More on Gifted Admissions in NYC)

Upper West Side kids face obstacles, folks - sometimes there are two Bugaboo strollers blocking their path to the Elephant Playground at 76rd and Riverside. Joel Klein recognized their struggle against adversity, and gently tweaked the gifted and talented admissions rules to open the door of opportu...


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