Ocasio-Cortez calls out elite Stuyvesant High School for admitting only 7 black students

Ocasio-Cortez calls out elite Stuyvesant High School for admitting only 7 black students
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezVA 'ain't broke' — but it can certainly be improved The Memo: GOP banks on Biden falling in primary Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.) called out the elite Stuyvesant High School in New York City on Tuesday for only admitting seven black students.

"68% of all NYC public school students are Black or Latino," the first-term lawmaker, who represents the Bronx and Queens, tweeted.

"To only have 7 Black students accepted into Stuyvesant (a *public* high school) tells us that this is a system failure. Education inequity is a major factor in the racial wealth gap. This is what injustice looks like."

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Stuyvesant, in Manhattan, was one of many specialized New York City public high schools to admit fewer black and Hispanic students this year.

Just 506 black and Hispanic students got first-round offers from the schools, the New York Daily News reported Monday, citing public enrollment data.

Overall, about 6 percent of the offers from the city's top schools went to Hispanic students and about 4 percent were offered to African-Americans.

Stuyvesant, which offered spots to 895 students, declined to comment on Ocasio-Cortez's criticism.

The admissions offer numbers have intensified criticism that the schools are exclusionary, given that over two-thirds of New York City public school students are black or Hispanic.

Eight of the elite specialized high schools used the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test as part of their admission process.