SHSAT Action Updates

Meetings, Events, News – Your Voice Counts!

Meetings and events

The abolish the SHSAT New York State Senate Bill S1415 has been referred to the New York City Education Committee on January 23. John Liu is the chair of the standing committee.

View and respond to the bill here

New York City Education Committee web page

You can visit, call, mail, email or post messages to John Liu here

Contact current members of NYC education committee:

Andrew Lanza (R) SD24

Jamaal Bailey (D) SD36

Andrew Gounardes (D) SD22

Robert Jackson (D) SD31

Betty Little (R,C,IP) SD45

Velmanette Montgomery (D) SD25

Contact details for hosts of prior discussions about the SHSAT:

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez
State Senator Brad Hoylman
State Senator Brian Kavanagh
Council Member Keith Powers
Council Member Carlina Rivera


Learn about the DOE’s proposed changes to the SHSAT

Read the DOE Specialized High School Proposal to understand the proposed changes, which are intended to increase the numbers of Black and Latinx students in Specialized High Schools (SHS). These changes include:

  • Expanding the Discovery Program (a summer enrichment program) to 20% of seats offer by each SHS
  • Eliminating all SHSAT test-only admissions within 3 years
  • Making SHS offers to the top 7% of students at each DOE public middle school

Learn how these proposals will affect Stuyvesant and other SHS

Brooklyn Tech Alumni Association report on the SHSAT and diversity – Summary (PDF)
or read the Full report (PDF Brooklyn Tech Alumni Association website)

Timeline of events

  • Ongoing presentations of proposed changes by DOE in school districts.
  • January 2019: New legislative session starts in Albany, NY, when the proposed bill to eliminate SHSAT will be brought up to the floor for a vote.
  • Spring 2019: High school offer letters distributed; Eligible students are notified of their participation in the expanded Discovery Program.
  • Summer 2019: Discovery Program sponsored and conducted by Specialized High Schools.

Opportunities to express your opinion

What do these proposed changes mean for our current and future students, our schools,  communities, and our city? If you have an opinion, express it to your representatives now – your school PA, SLT, and NY State representatives. There are many opportunities to learn more, to listen to others, and to express your opinion. Go to CEC meetings, forums, town halls, and contact or visit NY State reps in Albany.

Email your SLT and PA representatives

The directory of SLT and PA email addresses is here.

Contact your NY State Assembly Member and Senator

Identify your New York State assembly members and senators and reach out to them to express your opinion on the proposed changes to the SHSAT, and find out what their stand is.

How to find your NY State Assembly Member (NYS Assembly website search form, input your address)

How to find your NY State Senator (NYS Senate website search form, input your address)