I’m a recent graduate of University High School, and I find the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Unequal Access” report to be nothing but a problem the ACLU manufactured, rather than there being an actual problem.
I cannot speak on behalf of the school, nor can I speak for the other schools mentioned in the report, but I can say that having entry requirements is a necessity for students to be successful. At UHS, you need to have at least a B in Algebra 1 or its equivalent, and a musical background.
This is simply because the curriculum at UHS is music based, and the students are pushed beyond what would be required of them at normal schools. The Fresno Bee article mentions that UHS is one of the top 100 high schools in the nation, and that is because the school caters to students who enroll for the academic challenge.
I know there are space limitations, and that there is a lottery in order to receive admission to UHS, but opening the school to all students is unfair to those that may not be prepared for the advanced curriculum, and to students who want a challenging education their home school doesn’t provide.
Michael Seley, Fresno