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The principal told a parent association meeting in the fall that this year’s small freshman class would require budgetary shifts, parents said.

While it’s not unusual for these numbers to be mismatched, specialized high schools sometimes find themselves in a particular bind.

Unlike other campuses, specialized high schools do not admit students beyond the fixed window during which it extends offers.

And as the city’s public high schools begin to keep waitlists for the first time this year, the specialized high schools will not follow suit.

That such coveted institutions had any open seats is reason enough to rethink admissions at specialized high schools, some critics of the entrance exam say.

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