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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted student learning, greatly exacerbating inequities for many families in our communities. Schools and school systems are shaping new admissions criteria that take into account the educational impact of the pandemic on students and weigh the feasibility of administering exams. Many communities are also considering longer term reforms to address systemic inequities that have excluded high-achieving, lower-income, Black and Latinx students from attending accelerated schools. Our panel will share their expertise and discuss the complexities of achieving equitable access to our public schools.

Guest Panel

Mike Contompasis is a longtime Educator, currently serving on the Boston Exam School Admissions Working Group. Previously, Mike was Headmaster at Boston Latin School (20+ years), an interim Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and the BPS Chief Operating Officer.

Amy Hsin is Professor of Sociology at Queens College whose research is at the intersection of education, immigration and inequality. Amy was on the Executive Committee of the NYC School Diversity Advisory Group, that developed recommendations for the NYC DOE to reshape citywide admissions policies and practices.

Dennis Parker is Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and previously served as director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice program; Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau (Office of the NY Attorney General); and directed the educational work of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Dennis also served on the NYC DOE’s School Diversity Advisory Group.

This online, zoom event is for members of the HCCS community.

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