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  • Civil rights dominate Supreme Court term

    9/27/12

    The U.S. Supreme Court term that begins Monday promises to be one of the most important for civil rights in decades, with the potential for blockbuster decisions on issues from race in classrooms and the voting booth to legal recognition for same-sex marriage.

    Read the full article on First Read.

  • Complaint targets elite HS admissions process, not just outcome

    9/27/12

    It seemed like a good strategy: To boost the tiny number of black and Hispanic students at the city’s most elite high schools, the city this year expanded access to programs meant to prepare eighth-graders for the schools’ admissions test.

    But that approach is fundamentally broken, according to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

  • I-Team: Rethinking Admissions Exams to Top NYC Schools

    9/27/12

    An I-Team investigation uncovers the ethnic discrepancies at New York's best public schools, and why groups are pushing for a change to the admission exam at schools like Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. Melissa Russo reports.

  • Charges of Bias in Admission Test Policy at Eight Elite Public High Schools

    9/27/12

    A coalition of educational and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint on Thursday saying that black and Hispanic students were disproportionately excluded from New York City’s most selective high schools because of a single-test admittance policy they say is racially discriminatory.

  • Civil Rights Complaint To Be Filed Against Specialized NYC High Schools

    9/26/12

    Stuyvesant, long considered the city's most elite public high school, offered spaces to 967 students this year.

    19 of those students were black. That's more than double the number of black students admitted the year before.

    On Thursday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund is filing a federal civil rights complaint, challenging the city's admissions process for eight specialized high schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech.