Dream Factories explores the impact of racial balancing schemes in New York’s Specialized High Schools system. After the screening, there will be an update on Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio, the ongoing court case challenging NYC’s racial balancing, featuring representatives from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY), Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School PTO, and Pacific Legal Foundation.
About Dream Factories
New York City’s Specialized High Schools are among the best in the world. They’ve produced 14 Nobel Prize winners—more than many countries. The schools are free, and open to anyone who can pass a rigorous admissions test.
Meanwhile, the city’s regular public schools are in bad shape: grade inflation scandals, cheating, low attendance, low proficiency on statewide tests. To distract from failing public schools, the de Blasio administration set its sights on the Specialized High Schools, implying that too many Asian-American students attend the schools and prevent black and Hispanic students from getting in.
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza instituted an expansion of the admissions to the Specialized High Schools that is specifically designed to limit Asian-American students. He also wants to eliminate the admissions test altogether for its supposed racist history.
The actual history tells a different story altogether: every generation of students attending these schools has had a different, unintended demographic makeup. Today, it is Asian-American students, often from low-income immigrant families, who proportionately excel on the test.
With the help of Pacific Legal Foundation, Asian-American parents are fighting back against de Blasio’s efforts to substitute the test for racial balancing.
About Pacific Legal Foundation
Pacific Legal Foundation is a national nonprofit legal organization that fights for individual liberty and constitutional rights. PLF represents clients free-of-charge in state and federal courts, with 12 victories out of 14 cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.