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  • Elise Boddie on Affirmative Action Before the US Supreme Court

    9/30/12

    On September 30, Acting Director of Litigation at LDF Elise Boddie, discussed on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" the future of affirmative action and the Supreme Court in the upcoming Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case.

  • Students Say Pricey Test Prep Gives Admissions Advantage

    9/28/12

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city's eight specialized high schools are for the best and the brightest and he thinks the best way to find those students is the way it's been done for decades, using only the results of one 2.5-hour test.

    "I think that Stuyvesant and these other schools are as fair as fair can be," he said Wednesday. "There's nothing subjective about this. You pass the test with the higher score, you get into the school, no matter what your ethnicity, no matter what your economic background."

  • 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.

  • Elite seats for sale

    9/27/12

    My daughter Gabriela was yelling again.

    “All that stupid test shows is how good someone is at taking a test,” she said.

    This was after I asked her to spend more time on the Kaplan test prep book on our dinner table — the one that’s supposed to help eighth-graders like her prepare for next month’s New York City Specialized High Schools Admission Test.