City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Thursday the city must take a serious look at adding more specialized high schools to help ensure more minority students have access.
During a segment on WYNC radio, Johnson said he agreed with a caller who urged the Council to take a deep dive at reviewing the feasibility of specialized-school expansion.
“We just need to create more seats in more outstanding schools, and not just fight about how to get into them,” said a caller, “Mark from Astoria.”
The speaker shot back, “I agree with you,” adding that he believes this “a very big issue that people are passionate about on all sides.”
However, Johnson also said he believes the low number of black and Latino students who are getting into these schools through the current testing system “is unacceptable.”
He also said there’s plenty of time to review options considering state lawmakers won’t be taking action anytime soon on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to diversify the city’s top high schools by eliminating the single admissions exam.
“We are going to have time to have a full conversation [with all stakeholders] about more specialized schools, about the tests — about how to make sure it is more representative of New York City students at large,” Johnson said.