New SHSAT results show low admission numbers of Black/Brown students

STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff Additional reporting By NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 3/28/2019, midnight
New York City’s specialized high schools are at the center of another debate.
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In a recent report by The New York Times, Black and Latino Stuyvesant students talked about the race-base discrimination they face in the school from other students. Some complained of being told they only got into the school because they were Black despite the SHS process not accounting for race or asking if they got in through the Discovery Program assuming they weren’t “smart” enough to pass the test outright.

At this point, Hsin thinks that until the admissions process changes, Black and Brown students might be better off not going to a school like Stuyvesant just to maintain their psyche and mental health.

“If you’re a Black or Latino kid, I don’t know if you want to go to Stuyvesant given the environment and given that you’re such a minority that environment becomes toxic for you,” said Hsin. “I think the fact that it kind of exacerbates the problem where you have low numbers and a perceived hostile environment.”

Following a press conference at City Hall, Barron doubled down on his position, stating, “No other city in the country has a single test for entry into these specialized high schools and it shouldn’t be in New York City. End the racism now. Let our students in and improve the entire school system. We don’t need elite schools.”