SHSAT Action Updates

Meetings, Events, Actions – Your Voice Counts!


Jackson Heights Public Education Town Hall

Here is the information put out by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools on this upcoming town hall meeting.

Public Education Town Hall
Saturday, March 16 2:00 – 4:30pm
Fiesta Hall
37-62 89th Street
Jackson Heights
7 train to 90th Street

Event details here

Education advocates, including noted historian Diane Ravitch and State Senator Robert Jackson, make the case for

A bold new vision for public school justice & equity

With responses from US Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, State Senators Jessica Ramos & John Liu

Panel and discussion followed by audience Q & A

Participating Organizations:
Alliance for Quality Education
Class Size Matters
Network for Public Education
NYC Opt Out
NYS Association for Bilingual Education

Sponsored by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools

RSVP at
jhschools.org/town-hall
Entrance on a first come, first served basis

Note: By entering the space where the event will be held you consent to being photographed/filmed and to the use of your appearance and voice in media capturing the event.


Education to Hold Hearing on School Governance Reform and Mayoral Accountability

10:00am, Friday, March 15, 2019
Senate Hearing Room
250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10007

If you would like to testify at the hearing RSVP to: education@johnliusenate.com

Albany, NY – The Senate Majority announced today that they will hold a public hearing on school governance and mayoral control in New York City. Senator John Liu, Chair of the Senate’s NYC Education Committee, will lead this hearing, to ensure that legislative activity in 2019 addresses the needs of New York City students.

“Schools are the most important priority of state and local government, and how they are governed and operated are of the highest public interest.” Said Senator John Liu, Chair of the Senate’s NYC Education Committee. “Our hearing seeks to engage all stakeholders in the city to inform the way forward, including any changes that should be enacted.”

The hearing will be on Friday, March 15th, at 10:00AM, in the Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

If you would like to testify at the hearing, please RSVP to education@johnliusenate.com


Change.org SHSAT Petition

Keep SHSAT as the sole specialized high school admissions criterion

Read more about this and sign the petition at Change.org here


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

Contact current members of NYC education committee:

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

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)