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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights about New York City's specialized high schools' admissions process. The complaint alleges that reliance on an unproven test as the sole determinant for admissions leads to disproportionately low numbers of African-American and Latino students at the schools and violates the civil rights of many minority students who are not admitted.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a complaint charging an admissions test given at eight elite New York City high schools discriminates against blacks and Latinos.
At this point, the only factor considered for admission to one of the specialized public schools is a student's score on a standardized test.
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.
In a significant blow to New York City’s use of stop-and-frisk tactics, the Bronx district attorney’s office is no longer prosecuting people who were stopped at public housing projects and arrested for trespassing, unless the arresting officer is interviewed to ensure that the arrest was warranted.
Statement by Debo P. Adegbile, NAACP LDF Acting Director-Counsel and President in Support of National Voter Registration Day9/25/12
September 25, 2012: National Voter Registration Day