Over 100 parents, advocates weigh in on NYC audition-based application process

A Brooklyn middle school has taken center stage on a revived debate over using auditions in middle school applications, at the risk of shutting out students from the area.

Following fierce backlash from some Sunset Park parents, advocates and local leaders, the Department of Education hosted a forum Tuesday night with more than 150 attendees to rethink selective admissions at MS 936, a performing and visual arts school known as “Arts Off 3rd.”

Families who favor the more-challenging application process said it gives budding art aficionados an accelerated program — while opponents think it shuts out low-income students who lack access to art lessons and resources.

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