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Hispanic Students

cent: However, this has produced large racial disparities, according to Toronto Star. While Black and Hispanic students represent 70 per cent of the general NYC student population, they makeup only 10 per cent of students in the city's specialized high schools. Admission to these schools, which are some of the most prestigious in the country, is currently based on performance on a single test. Mayor Bill De Blasio has thus proposed to set aside 20 per cent of the seats at each specialized school for students from high-poverty middle schools which tend to have large proportions of Black and Hispanic students who score just under the current cutoff score on the test. Sachin Maharaj is a PhD candidate and Canada Graduate Scholar in educational policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto Bias, lack of opportunity and discriminatory treatment likely play a significant role in the underrepresentation of Black and Indigenous students at the TDSB's specialized schools, writes Sachin Maharaj. In the long-term, the plan is to eliminate the admissions test entirely, and permit entry to the top students from every middle school in the city. ( As reported in the news.