August 3rd, 2011
High school students disappointed they could no longer take Regents exams in January will get a reprieve this year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this morning that Bloomberg Philanthropies and five anonymous donors have each agreed to pony up $250,000 to privately fund the creation and giving of the subject tests in January 2012.
The state announced last spring it would eliminate the January test date to save money. High school students need to pass five of the exams to get a Regents diploma. Some 150,000 Regents exams were give last January in the city.
Not having the opportunity to take the exam midyear, Bloomberg said, “put thousands of prospective graduates in a bad spot and even puts their graduation in jeopardy.”
The donations, though, will only pay for one year; after that, Bloomberg said, the state will have to figure out how to pay for this service.
What was a good news announcement, though, turned prickly as reporters pressed Bloomberg to disclose the names of the donors. He refused, though did own up their being individuals who he had approached, not in government and without young children.
As to their names, “I donít think itís anyone’s business,” Bloomberg said. “They donít want to be dragged through the press.”
He continued, “They donít want their name out there. … They just want to help, not give you a story.”
Bloomberg said he had revealed his own name only because he’s a public official. Once he no longer is, he said his largesse will remain anonymous as well.By Gail Robinson on August 3, 2011, 11:18 am
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