Mayor Bill de Blasio is convening a meeting with numerous Asian-American organizations at Gracie Mansion Thursday to discuss issues including his controversial proposal to change specialized high school admissions.
Some members of the Asian community have fiercely opposed the plan, arguing that eliminating the Specialized High School Admission Test will reduce the number of Asian students — many of whom come from low-income families.
Groups invited include Keep SHSAT, Chinese American Planning Council, Chinese American Justice Alliance, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and Chinese American Citizens Alliance Greater New York.
Asian-American students dominate admissions to the schools, viewed by many as the crown jewels of the city schools.
This year, about 51% of offers to specialized schools went to Asian students, 29% went to white students, and under 11% of offers went to black and Hispanic students combined.