NAACP Files Discrimination Complaint With NY Elite High Schools
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

From New York Daily News.

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.

Read more at New York Daily News.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine, EBONY.com, New York Amsterdam News, Loop21.com and Newsone.com. Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.


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