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About the Program

Over the past several years, specialized public high schools in major urban centers have faced scrutiny over their admissions practices. In the courts and in the media, critics have raised challenges over the racial composition of student populations at schools that admit students solely on the basis of an academic examination. In response, policymakers have begun considering legislation to alter these schools’ admissions practices. Underlying the debate over whether admission by test is an appropriate or desirable policy for urban public schools are deeper questions about merit and equity in the education context.

The future of admission by test in U.S. cities remains an open question. The Fordham Urban Law Journal provides a forum for this discussion at its 2022 Symposium, “Testing the Limits: Admissions Exams in Urban Public Schools”. Alongside professors, attorneys, scholars, economists, parents, and advocates, the Symposium will explore potential legal challenges to and defenses of admissions tests, representation in exam schools, the finances associated with admissions tests, and psychometric questions about who should make admissions exams and what they should test.

Panel Topics

Panel 1: Representation in Exam Schools

Robert Garda, Jr., Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Janel George, Associate Professor of Law; Director of the Racial Equity in Education Law and Policy Clinic, Georgetown Law
Osamudia James, Professor of Law, UNC School of Law
Ian Rowe, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
ModeratorTanya Hernández, Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Panel 2: The Socioeconomics of Admission by Test

Ray Domanico, Senior Fellow and Director, Education Policy, Manhattan Institute
Chris Kwok, Board Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York; Adjunct Faculty in Asian American Studies, CUNY Hunter
Lucas Liu, Co-President, Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education
Raquel Muñiz, Assistant Professor, Boston College, Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development & School of Law
Charles Russo, Director, Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership; Research Professor of Law, University of Dayton
Moderator: Karuna Patel, Deputy Director, Feerick Center for Social Justice, Fordham University School of Law

Panel 3: Defining and Measuring Merit in Urban Public Schools

LaToya Baldwin Clark, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA Law
Preston Green III, John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Educational Leadership and Law, University of Connecticut
Richard Kahlenberg, Director of K–12 Equity and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Kevin Welner, Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, School of Education; Director, National Education Policy Center
Moderator: Aaron Saiger, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Panel 4: Lessons from Higher Education for K-12 Admissions

Jonathan Glater, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Chris Kieser, Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
Rachel Moran, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Maimon Schwarzschild, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Moderator: Tracy Higgins, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law