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Black students made up less than 1 percent of the class initially admitted to Stuyvesant for the fall of 2019, while Hispanic students made up just under 4 percent.

By contrast, Asian-American students accounted for 66 percent of the new class, and white students made up 22 percent.

For instance, the earliest of the specialized high schools “belonged” to white boys in the 1930s and 1940s.

This is not because black and Hispanic students are inherently unable to meet tough coursework and graduation requirements.

This story about luck and merit in the admissions process was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

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