Claiming not enough black and Latino students are gaining admission to New York City’s nine specialized high schools, civil rights advocates recently filed a federal complaint questioning the use of the specialized high school admissions test (SHSAT) as the sole criterion for entry.
They called the exam a “grave injustice” that contributes to persistent racial disparities.
The complaint said the demographics at Stuyvesant High School and Bronx High School of Science were particularly glaring. Last school year, out of Stuyvesant’s 3,300 students, 1.2 percent were black and 2.4 percent were Latino, according to the city’s Department of Education. At Bronx Science, which had just over 3,000 students last year, 3.5 percent were black and 7.2 percent Latino.
Students at Brooklyn Latin, where almost 27 percent percent of students were black and 18 percent were Latino, told SchoolBook their mixed student body benefited from diversity, inside and outside the classroom.
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