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‘I Feel Disappointed And Blindsided’: Boston Public Schools Moves Forward With New Exam School Test, Despite Calls To Suspend It

On a Zoom call early last week, a Boston Public Schools task force focused on equity and opportunity unanimously voted to recommend suspending the city’s exam school admissions test this year because of the pandemic, which has disproportionately hurt Black and brown communities.

But two days later Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, who joined a portion of the meeting and did not speak as the task force voted, announced plans to create and administer a new exam school test this fall. “I feel disappointed and blindsided,‘’ said Ayele Shakur, one of the cochairs of the task force. “Why would you rush to finalize a decision that we know is going to be really harmful and put loads of students at a disadvantage — in the midst of a pandemic?”