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De Blasio and his schools chancellor Richard Carranza are pushing an alternative scheme that would cut Asian enrollment in half.

Hecht-Calandra permitted the specialized schools to “maintain a discovery program” for “disadvantaged students” who “score[d] below the cut-off” on the exam.

Thus, Discovery students had typically scored only a few points below their classmates.

Even before de Blasio’s election, the Discovery program had become unworkable due to two actions taken by the administration of former mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A student living in a homeless shelter in a prosperous area would thus not count as disadvantaged for the purposes of the Discovery program.

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