Black and Hispanic Students Left Out of NYC’s Selective Schools
The NYT reports that only a small amount of Black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in NYC on Monday. At a Brooklyn high school, out of 895 slots in the freshman class, only seven were offered to Black students. There were 10 Black students admitted into the school last year; 13 the year before. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to diversify the specialized high schools, which have long been seen as a ticket for low-income and immigrant students to have a better launching pad for college and careers. However, Black and Hispanic students are grappling with increasingly steep odds of admission into the city’s eight most selective public schools. To level the playing field, de Blasio proposed scrapping school entrance exams and overhauling the admissions process. But this was met with backlash from the specialized schools’ alumni organizations as well as some Asian American groups who believe discarding the test would water down the schools’ rigorous academics and discriminate against the mostly low-income Asian students who make up the majority of the schools’ student bodies. The racial inequality in NYC schools is a microcosm for some of the issues plaguing education at large. Regular Beat readers know that affirmative action is being challenged at Harvard University. Also, last week’s college admissions scandal revealed the extreme ways in which wealthy and well-connected families try to game admissions. More here.