Groups argue selective vocational school admissions need a fix – Boston News, Weather, Sports


A coalition of groups plans on Tuesday to publicly challenge how public vocational and technical high schools rank prospective students, saying the method leads to fewer admissions of African-American, Latinx and English students as well as fewer students with low income and working environment.

The Vocational Education Justice Coalition says it has gathered information about students who are not being admitted to popular public schools and plans to speak about alleged selective admissions policies at a meeting of the Board of Primary Education and state high school Tuesday morning in Malden.

They want the board to force a policy change that would grant equal access to admissions to anyone past eighth grade, saying the change would open up access to jobs earning $40,000 to $50,000 a year for high school graduates not going to college.

Vocational schools are doing a very good job for their students,” the coalition said in a statement on Monday. “Teachers, administrators and students work hard. But it is not fair and just for them to choose their students based on grades, attendance, discipline and guidance counselor recommendation. These are public schools NOT private schools.

The coalition said it was encouraged that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has acknowledged “enrollment gaps for various sub-groups” at six schools, but is calling on the council to intervene now because conversations about the changes have already lasted for three years.

“Despite the myriad changes to public schools across the state over the past twenty-six years, the criteria for admission to vocational schools has remained essentially the same,” New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell wrote. and 23 other mayors in a January 20 letter to the upper state. education officials and lawmakers of rank.

Coalition members who plan to testify on Tuesday include representatives from the Chelsea Collaborative, Black Educators Alliance of Mass., North Atlantic States Carpenters Union, United Interfaith Action of SE Mass., Center for Law and Education and of Mass. Communities Action Network.

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