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Those who enter the Discovery Program take enhanced educational courses over the summer to better prepare them for the rigors of the specialized high school curriculum.

Even more exciting, now there are first-time admissions from middle schools previously not represented among the student bodies of the specialized high schools.

Several years ago, the state allocated $1.75 million to the New York City DOE to launch similar programs at the specialized schools.

Since arriving in New York, Carranza has repeatedly criticized the specialized high schools because the percentage of black and Latino students attending these schools is too low.

He ignores that 20 years ago, the enrollment of black and Latino students at the specialized schools was much better.

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