Saturday, September 29, 2012
NAACP is angry that so few black and Hispanics are smart enough to get into elite public schools in New York City
A so-called civil rights group has filed a complaint over the admissions test at New York City's specialized high schools, among the nation's most elite public schools, citing "effective discrimination" against black and Latino students, it said. The complaint with the U.S. Department of Education focuses on eight schools, particularly Stuyvesant High and Bronx Science which boast stellar alumni including Nobel laureates, famed actors and musicians. While more than half the city's population is black or Latino, black students made up only 1.2% of the Stuyvesant student body last year, while Latino students represented 2.4%, city data showed. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which filed the complaint, said that the highly competitive, 2-1/2-hour multiple-choice admissions test was at fault for the disparity. If the department investigates and finds New York is in breach of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it can sanction the city by withholding federal funding until the breach is resolved, the group said. The city's Department of Education said in a statement that it was bound by state law to admit students based solely on an exam. What will probably happen is that the schools will be forced to dumb down their examinations in much the same way that the FDNY has done.