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Teachers, Lawmakers Call For Change To Admissions To NYC’s Most Elite Public Schools

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Teachers and some state lawmakers want to change how students compete for admission to New York City’s most selective public high schools.

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said Monday that the current system is unfair to minority students who deserve to attend Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and five other specialized high schools.

Teachers, Lawmakers Want Changes To Elite Public School Admissions

1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reports

Only about two dozen African-Americans were among the more than 3,000 students admitted to Stuyvesant this year.

State Sen. Simcha Felder is the prime sponsor of a proposal to change the admission process.

Mulgrew says using a single, determining test is a narrow, outdated way to measure talent. He notes that admissions officers at such colleges as Harvard and Yale consider other factors, including grades, extracurricular activities and attendance.

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