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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prosecutor Deals Blow to Stop-and-Frisk Tactic

    9/26/12

    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.