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Hundreds of the city’s black and Latino kids have found a pipeline to success that Mayor de Blasio doesn’t mention.
The mayor and Chancellor Richard Carranza contend the city’s eight top-performing specialized schools unfairly bar African-Americans and Hispanics from getting in — and point to the paltry 10 percent of their enrollment at the prestigious schools as justification for scrapping the admissions test.
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But the mayor isn’t counting at least 1,500 talented minority and immigrant kids from the city’s poorest neighborhoods currently enrolled in ritzy private and boarding schools — most for free — and headed for scholarships at top universities.
Their secret? A handful of nonprofit organizations scour the five boroughs to identify and recruit the brightest kids of color, put them through rigorous summer and weekend classes, and push them to excel.
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“The Mayor’s Office is well aware that the top diversity talent is exiting the public school system in droves, because those students are being offered a choice that is more beneficial to them, where they can achieve higher college goals, such as greater Ivy acceptances,” said a source familiar with private schools.
“But the mayor is not being transparent with the public in making those numbers of exiting top students available to be a full part of the analysis.”
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According to city Department of Education data, a stunning 27 percent of high-performing black and Latino students offered seats in the city’s specialized high schools snub them.
“They [the DOE] have to understand that talented kids have options outside the public system,” said Clara Hemphill, editor of InsideSchools.org. “They have to actively recruit them, and make them feel more welcome.”
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The nonprofits do that. One of the biggest, Prep for Prep, boasts 715 minority kids — snatched from DOE schools, plus some charters and parochials — who are currently enjoying the advantages of $50,000-a-year private...
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