Keep Politics Out Of Our Children’s Education

KAA is joining a widening coalition of parents, alumni, and organizations who oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wholesale changes to the admissions policies of New York City’s Specialized High Schools.

These changes, according to the NYC Department of Education’s own projections, would result in a dramatic 75% reduction of Korean-speaking students.

Without consulting a single Asian American leader or organization, Mayor de Blasio announced and is pursuing a plan that will significantly harm the educational opportunities of our community.

This is what can happen to us when we don’t have a seat at the table.

What We Stand For

We support diversity and believe in its value for our children’s education. But we will not be pitted in a zero-sum game against other minorities.

We acknowledge the deep-rooted problems in New York’s educational system and welcome the opportunity to discuss real solutions to them.

But when Asian Americans are hurt by policies that devalue us, we will not sit silently and be bullied.

Learn more about KAA’s thoughts on education and the SHSAT.


To support our communication and grassroots lobbying efforts, please consider donating to our “Keep Politics Out” fund by December 31, 2018. A generous donor will match every donation we receive, dollar for dollar, if we can raise $100,000. As of November 28, 2018, we were halfway there, with $50,000 to go.

Click here to donate.

Here’s why our voice matters:

Korean American “Dreamers” and adoptees undocumented, no chance for citizenship, vulnerable to deportation
Korean Americans without health insurance - highest among Asian Americans
American jobs, $60 billion worth of US exports to South Korea at stake, as part of one of the United States’ most important trade deals (KORUS)
Koreans on the peninsula, seven million in the Korean diaspora impacted by talks on nuclear security, economic development, and peace