The NAACP has filed a discriminatory complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, accusing New York City’s top high schools of discriminatory admission practices.
In the complaint, the civil rights organization cites the city’s eight elite schools, which require specialized testing to be considered for admission. The NAACP criticizes the city’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, which it believes is unfair to black and Latino students who are denied admission at much higher rates than white and Asian students.
Though black students account for 28 percent of the city’s overall enrollment, they make up only 7 percent of students enrolled in specialized high schools. At one of the city’s most esteemed schools, Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, only 1 percent of the student body is black.
The U.S. Department of Education will review the NAACP‘s complaint. If the department finds the complaint to be just, it would work with the city to change its policies–which may require new state legislation.