Regents Relief
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 dont think its anyone’s business,” Bloomberg said. “They dont want to be dragged through the press.”

He continued, “They dont 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 on August 3, 2011, 11:18 am
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2 Responses to “Regents Relief”

  1. David C Bloomfield Says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    How will the public know whether these individuals get preferential treatment on other City/State matters, a basic tenet of government accountability?

  2. pozycjonowanie Says:
    February 28th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Not very expressive article. I was looking being as how something all but seo annex I found yours. strange

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