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Readers sound off specialized high schools, Kaepernick and John McCain

At the Icahn Charter schools, almost every eighth-grade graduate is admitted to either a specialized high school, parochial school, screened school or private school. Several dozens of our graduates received full or partial scholarships. After serving more than four decades in the former NYC Board of Education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent and special assistant to the chancellor, I know full well of the shortcomings of the system. I lived in it with limited support, and political fighting. Yet, we were held accountable. Today, our leaders tell us that teachers are not responsible for low test scores. We saw the passing score on Regents exams lowered to 55%. Is that not a racist policy? Didn’t that mean that the system didn’t feel that minority kids could pass at the previous level of 65%?

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