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Quinn Says Elite School Exam Should Be Reviewed

City Council speaker breaks from mayor, backs NAACP's claim of discrimination at elite schools.

City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn defended the NAACP’s claim that the entrance exam to the city’s best high schools is keeping black and Latino students out, according to the New York Post.

The NAACP's leadership has charged that nearly 31 percent of white students and 35 percent of Asian students who take the entrance exams are welcomed to the best schools, compared with only five percent of black students and 6.7 percent of Latinos.

According to the Post, Quinn wouldn't address the legal options, but said NAACP leaders had a point worth investigating in an interview on John Gambling's radio show.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg previously scoffed at the NAACP’s claim, calling the admissions process “as fair as can be.”

Do you think the city needs a standardized admissions test? Or should other factors determine who gets into the city's top schools? Let us know in the comments.

cmjake October 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I think the test is the way to go but maybe we need more of these schools. Equal opportunity. But I also think that any child who wants to be on a football, baseball, soccer team, not be disqualified. There needs to be a place for all students. Make more teams. Johnny wants to play and Johnny can't. Outrageous. I went through he same thing as a child...... simply because I was a female. My three brothers were allowed to play competitive baseball in the Little League. I watched. Been there, done that. And as far as the rich kids having tutors. Some. I couldn't get my son to open a book to prepare for the test. He went to Stuyvesant!
Harriet Brown October 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I think that the specialized highschools need to be left alone. Maybe there should be more of them, but there have to be high admission standards.

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