Damon Hewitt Helps File Complaint Claiming Discrimination in School Admittance Policy

Former Skadden Fellow Damon Hewitt (’01) appeared in a news segment on NBC 4 New York about a federal complaint saying that black and Hispanic students were disproportionately excluded from selective New York City high schools because of a racially discriminatory admittance policy (Sept. 27). Admittance is determined by the passage of one standardized test. “The policy is simply unfair to students of all races,” Damon said. “It actually tells them, your grades are irrelevant, your work is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is your test score. And that’s simply wrong.” Damon is a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, one of the groups that filed the complaint. Damon also was quoted in a New York Times article about the complaint (“Charges of Bias in Admission Test Policy at Eight Elite Public High Schools,” Sept. 27).