A group of Asian-American education advocates are suing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Richard Carranza for making changes to an admissions policy that they claim discriminates against and disproportionately affects Asian-American students.
De Blasio and Carranza in June announced a plan to boost diversity in New York City’s competitive specialized high schools by expanding the Discovery Program, which offers a certain number of seats at each school to low-income students, and eliminating a standardized test that determines admittance to the schools. They also proposed amending the eligibility criteria to target students at high-poverty high schools.
But the lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, alleges that changes to the Discovery Program prevent Asian-American students from vying for those seats and violate their equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment.
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