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Kids From Poorer Districts Don't Get Into Elite NYC Schools

April 08, 2019 - 7:47 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A new report suggests far fewer minority students are getting into New York City’s specialized high schools.

The new numbers aren’t so new: Yet again this year, students from poorer school districts aren’t getting in to the city’s elite schools.

The Daily News reports those living in the South Bronx and central Brooklyn are the least likely to be admitted.

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According to the News, Brooklyn Districts 23 and 32 – which include Brownsville, Bushwick and East New York – sent the least number of students to the elite schools. Just 25 kids were admitted between the two districts.

Many blame the specialized high school admissions test, but Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says more needs to be done.

“We need to increase the amount of seats, we need to increase the programs that prepare these students for the testing. And maybe we need to do testing plus,” he said.

One such program is the Gifted and Talented Program, which Diaz says has vanished from poor districts in recent years.

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“But when we used to have these programs, that’s when you saw a more robust representation of black and Latino students at the specialized high schools level,” he said.

The Department of Education spokesperson told the News that the mayor and schools chancellor have a plan to eliminate the test, which would quadruple the number offers to Bronx students.