February 20, 2018

State Law Blocks Black and Hispanic Students from Magnet Schools

By State Law Blocks Black and Hispanic Students from Magnet Schools

There are amazing magnet schools in Hartford operating under capacity, while a growing wait-list of Black and Hispanic students beg to fill those empty seats. The problem: there’s a race quota which prevents Black and Hispanic students from enrolling unless enough white students attend. This is one family’s story.

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Christa McAuliffe PTO v. de Blasio

Feeling that New York City’s eight specialized high schools contain too many Asian students, Mayor Bill de Blasio is changing an admissions program to limit the ability of students to get into predominately Asian-American schools. However, his so-called racial balancing effort will squeeze out Asian students—nearly three-quarters of whom come from low-income families. On behalf of Yi Fang and a number of Asian-American parents, the Asian-American Coalition for Education, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York, and the Christa McAuliffe Parent Teacher Organization, the plaintiff filed a federal lawsuit challenging the mayor’s unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

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