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The debate surrounding New York City’s eight specialized high schools caused the most divisive moment of an education town hall in Jackson Heights on Saturday, where U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, state senators, and education activists took questions about improving public schools.

“Every one should be.”The issue led to a brief outburst when the panelists shared their thoughts on the specialized high schools.

So it’s perhaps not a surprise that the controversy surrounding the Specialized High School Admission Test would take center stage.

In contrast, 10 percent of offers went to black and Hispanic students, who together make up about 67 percent of city students.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly described how many white and Asian students received offers to specialized high schools.

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