Why super-elite public magnet schools aren’t necessary anymore

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Monday, July 14, 2014

Stuyvesant High School’s admissions formula has not yielded a student body that looks like New York—not even close.

Of the 952 admissions offers Stuyvesant made in 2014, 71 percent went to students of Asian origin, while only 2.9 percent went to black and Latino students, despite the fact that 70 percent of the eighth-graders currently enrolled in New York City schools are black and Latino.

The shortage of black and Latino students is not new. They have been relatively rare ever since the school was established in 1904. As the city’s demographics have changed, the absence of black and Latino students has grown all the more politically problematic.

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