From the New York Times:
Only 7 black students got into Stuyvesant, New York City’s most selective public high school, out of 895 spots https://t.co/iD54wvEzLQ— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 18, 2019
By Eliza Shapiro
March 18, 2019
Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York’s elite public schools.
At Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 slots in the freshman class, only seven were offered to black students. And the number of black students is shrinking: There were 10 black students admitted into Stuyvesant last year, and 13 the year before.
Another highly selective specialized school, the Bronx High School of Science, made 12 offers to black students this year, down from 25 last year.
These numbers come despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vow to diversify the specialized high schools, which have long been seen as a ticket for low-income and immigrant students to enter the nation’s best colleges and embark on successful careers.
But Mr. de Blasio’s proposal to scrap the entrance exam for the schools and overhaul the admissions process has proved so divisive that the state’s most prominent politicians, from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have mostly avoided taking a definitive position — even as black and Hispanic students are grappling with increasingly steep odds of admission into the city’s eight most selective public schools.
Students gain entry into the specialized schools by acing a single high-stakes exam that tests their mastery of math and English. Some students spend months or even years preparing for the exam. Stuyvesant, the most selective of the schools, has the highest cutoff score for admission, and now has the lowest percentage of black and Hispanic students of any of New York City’s roughly 600 public high schools.
Lawmakers considering Mr. de Blasio’s proposal have faced a backlash from the specialized schools’ alumni organizations and from Asian-American groups who believe discarding the test would water down the schools’ rigorous academics and discriminate against the mostly low-income Asian students who make up the majority of the schools’ student bodies. (At Stuyvesant, 74 percent of current students are Asian-American.)
So, like the picture shows, 74% of Stuyvesant is white.
A reader writes:
One interesting aspect of this article is how relatively little ink is spilled pointing to racial discrimination as THE salient factor of Black/Hispanic academic performance. I expected the usual racial bias hysteria but it’s actually meager.
It’s as if the interminable data year after year and year has in some sense — ever so slightly — taken the sting and outrage out of the argument. Plus, Asians evidently won’t allow it to be used as a weapon against their interests.
Of course the #1 take-home message is the obvious power of the Asian American community to put their foot down and say NO. The politicians mentioned in the Times article clearly fear the Asian voting block and money and in an astounding shift … refuse to reflexively bend their knee to Blacks and Hispanics interests. Fascinating.
Lastly, Whites are ignored and squeezed in the middle as usual. They are the left-over number inserted after ethnic politics have played out. Evidently, even when Whites are a minority … they aren’t a Minority.
Whites will be the Legacy Majority forever.[Comment at Unz.com]