New York City came under fire in 2012 after educational and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint saying black and Hispanic students were excluded from the city’s exclusive high schools due to admissions being solely determined by an exam.
Although 70 percent of the city’s public school students are black and Hispanic, only 733 of the 12,525 black and Hispanic students who took the exam were offered seats. Meanwhile, 1,253 of the 4,101 white test takers were given placement, as were 2,490 of the 7,119 Asian students, The New York Times reports.
Deidra Miller, the spokeswoman for New York City’s Education Department, said the department “has launched several initiatives to improve diversity,” including a free test-preparation course aimed at poor students.
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