NAACP Files Complaint Over Entrance Exam into Topy NYC High Schools
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
By: George Mikhail
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a complaint over the admissions test designed for New York City's specialized high schools. They claim the exam discriminates against black and latino students. The complaint mentions eight of the top high schools, but focused on Stuyvesant High and Bronx Science.
More than half of the City's population is black and latino, yet blacks only represent 1.2 percent of Stuyvesant students and latinos represent 2.4 percent of the student body. The NAACP claims that the test is to blame for the lack of diversity in the schools, and discrimination against blacks and latinos. The City's Department of Education states that they are required by state law to base admissions of students on an exam.