Use merit-based admissions to selective high schools

New York City is finally getting real about its admissions policy to selective high schools (“A big step forward for NYC high schools,” New York Daily News, Oct. 13). After making admission based on a lottery, officials have realized the absurdity of that approach.

The truth is that selective high schools are for students who have the wherewithal to succeed.  They are not for students who happen to win the lottery.  Why destroy the last vestige of excellence in New York City?

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