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Report: Only 7 black students get into elite NYC high school

March 19, 2019 - 2:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to diversify the city’s elite public high schools, but a new report shows progress has been slow.

Out of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High School, only seven were offered to black students; last year it was 10 and the year before that it was 13, according to the New York Times.

Stuyvesant has the lowest percentage of black and Hispanic students of any of the roughly 600 public high schools in the city.

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That reality is raising the pressure on city officials to do more about the lack of diversity in the city’s elite public schools.

Mayor de Blasio has proposed overhauling the admissions process, including doing away with the single entrance exam -- and he points to the new statistics as proof that something needs to be done.

Asian American groups say eliminating the exam will discriminate against their community.

Any overhaul requires state approval, and so far most lawmakers have declined to comment.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chimed in on Twitter Tuesday, blasting the fact only seven black students were admitted to Stuyvesant High School.

"68% of all NYC public school students are Black or Latino," she wrote. "To only have 7 Black students accepted into Stuyvesant (a *public* high school) tells us that this is a system failure."

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