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Asian Parents Defend Merit and Challenge Discrimination Across the CountryBy

By Amy Tse, Yiatin Chu and Jean Hahn Mar 10, 2022

We are NYC Asian parents turned activists to push back against laws and admissions rules designed to dismantle merit and discriminate against our children. We fight for merit and fairness in admissions, and we are not alone.


For Asian parents in NYC, tensions resurfaced in 2018 when former Mayor de Blasio attempted to eliminate the SHSAT, a race-blind exam that is the sole criteria for admission into NYC’s famed Specialized High Schools. The explicit goal of removing the test was to reduce the number of Asian students and admit more Black and Hispanic students in their place.

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