STATEMENT FROM ANDREW GOUNARDES ON SHSAT
STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ANDREW GOUNARDES JOINS THOUSANDS OF PARENTS AND LOCAL SOUTHERN BROOKLYN ELECTED OFFICIALS IN PROTESTING MAYOR DE BLASIO’S PROPOSAL TO ABOLISH THE STANDARDIZED HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST (SHSAT)
Brooklyn, NY- Sunday, Andrew Gounardes, an attorney and community advocate running for the State Senate in the 22nd District, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Gravesend, as well as portions of of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood joined with thousands of concerned parents and families at a rally in front of City Hall in opposition to the Mayor’s proposal to abolish the specialized high school exam and released the following statement:
“I firmly agree that we need to have more diversity in our public schools. It’s a real problem. However, I don't agree with Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to change the admissions process for specialized high schools in New York City, which serve only 5% of high school students and 1% of all students city-wide.
“This plan will disproportionately affect students in Districts 20, 21, and 22, many of whom are from first- and second-generation immigrant families, and is not a comprehensive solution to address the bigger issues facing our public schools.
“We should be focusing our attention on making every school in our city a beacon of academic achievement and one that any parent would be fiercely proud to send their child to. That is why among other things, I am campaigning on a platform to make New York State the first state in the country to constitutionally guarantee free quality public education from pre-k through college.”
Gounardes is a lifelong resident of Bay Ridge. He is graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, Hunter College and the George Washington University Law School. He serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, was a former aide to Council Member Vincent Gentile, and served on Community Board 10. You can read more at www.andrewgounardes.com.
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