Specialized NYC Schools Accused Of Racism Due To Low Minority Student Enrollment
A group of specialized schools in New York City are being accused of racial discrimination following the repeatedly low enrollment of minority students, despite the large number of ethnic students in the community.
New York City’s specialized schools still have low enrollment among minorities, according to a city report released on Friday.
New York’s specialized high schools are offered to leading students based on eighth grade exams. Of the more than 5,000 students accepted, only 11 percent are Black or Hispanic despite population figures that top 70 percent of all students, according to report in The Huffington Post.
The overwhelmingly disproportionate numbers were similar to last year. But in certain schools the numbers actually dropped from a year ago.
“For example, of the 952 students admitted to the highly competitive Stuyvesant High School this year, only 7 students are black and 21 are Hispanic, data show. Last year, nine black students and 24 Hispanic students were accepted to Stuyvesant,” Huff Po reported.
Entrance to New York City’s specialized schools is based on a single entrance exam, with the exception of one arts school that requires an audition. The low minority enrollment figures that result from this exam has caused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to argue for a new entrance system.
“These schools are the jewels in the crown for our public school system,” de Blasio said at a press conference Tuesday. “This is a city blessed with such diversity. Our schools, especially our particularly exceptional schools, need to reflect that diversity.”
Hmmm. Do you think this is a case of racism, Bossip fam? Or do you think the minority students just aren’t stepping up to the plate to even be in the running for enrollment? Let’s discuss.