Stuyvesant High School south entrance as seen from north end of North End Avenue of Battery Park City

The New York Daily News reports the NAACP has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The organization claims elite high schools have discriminatory admission practices which account for the low percentage of African-American students in the elite schools. How the elite schools do this, the NAACP does not specify. However it could result in new policy changes and possibly even a change in state legislation.

The NAACP has filed a bombshell complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging discriminatory admission practices at the city’s elite high schools.

In a blistering document delivered to the feds Thursday morning, the NAACP accused the city of barring black and Latino students from eight of its “best public schools,” including Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where only 1% of students are black. “Black and Latino students don’t see opportunity at places like Stuyvesant because of the admissions process,” said NAACP attorney Rachel Kleinman. “It’s not fair and it’s bad policy.”

The city’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is the only method that is used to judge students for admission to the eight elite high schools.

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