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They are there to voice opposition to the mayor’s plan to get rid of the controversial entrance exam at the city’s elite public high schools.

It doesn’t fix anything,” said Chris Kwok, National Representative of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New YorkIn New York, there are nine highly coveted public high schools.

Entrance to eight of them relies entirely on results from the Specialized High School Admissions Test—a test the mayor thinks leads to inequality.

Asian-Americans, who represent 16 percent of New York’s students hold more than 60 percent of the places.

Critics of the plan worry it will lower standards as many of New York’s middle schools have students lacking fundamental math and reading skills.

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