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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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.
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.
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.
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
LDF is pleased to announce that its former President and Director-Counsel, Elaine R. Jones, received the Trailblazer Award from the Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) on September 22, 2012 at its Gala Dinner in Chicago, Illinois. JBTF is composed primarily of judges and lawyers who develop educational programs designed to interest students of color in legal careers. Its goal is to increase racial diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary.