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When lawmakers announced a series of community forums about specialized high school admissions, state Sen. John Liu said the goal was to “hear every single voice” on the divisive issue.

Many argued the test is an unbiased measure and called admissions changes discriminatory against Asian students, who make up the majority of enrollment at the specialized high schools — despite making just 16 percent of public school enrollment citywide.

Instead, some speakers called for more gifted and talented in black and Hispanic communities to better prepare a more diverse crop of students for admission to the schools, and for more specialized high schools to be built.

“Consider, how can we improve our school system by putting more resources in early education?”Beforehand, parents waved signs declaring “Keep SHSAT,” referring to the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

Thursday’s hearing was just the first of a series slated for each borough, announced after the latest round of admissions data showed just seven black students were admitted to Stuyvesant, the most competitive of the specialized high schools.

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