2018-09-12 / Features

Avella Rallies with Community Members, And Advocacy Groups to Save SHSAT


NYS Senator Tony Avella stood with advocacy groups, community members, and elected officials at Foley Square in Manhattan, rallying to save the Specialized High School Admissions Test. NYS Senator Tony Avella stood with advocacy groups, community members, and elected officials at Foley Square in Manhattan, rallying to save the Specialized High School Admissions Test. NYS Senator Tony Avella stood with advocacy groups, community members, and elected officials at Foley Square in Manhattan on September 9, rallying to save the Specialized High School Admissions Test. Avella and the attendees called for people to vote in the primary on Thursday, September 13 for elected officials that support the SHSAT.

Senator Avella said, “I will continue fighting to save the Specialized High School Admissions Test and I am totally opposed to the mayor’s plan to change the SHSAT. The test is not the problem. We need to improve education for all of our students, which is why I’ve authored legislation to require every grade in every elementary and middle school in the City of New York to have a dedicated class for top performing students.”

The senator has previously rallied in front of City Hall this summer with the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Coalition Edu, and community members to save the SHSAT and oppose Mayor de Blasio’s plan. Avella has also called on Governor Cuomo to include $10 million in next year’s state budget for test preparation funding to help low income students prepare for exams.

As Avella fights to save the test, John Liu has led the effort to change the admissions criteria for the SHSAT.

This past week, Avella was endorsed for reelection by the Asian American Alliance NY based on his strong support for the SHSAT and his history of helping the Asian American community in his district.

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