- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is announcing several measures aimed at boosting diversity at the eight specialized high schools that admit students based on a single entrance exam.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina (Fah-REEN’-yah) is calling the initiatives announced Thursday “an important step towards more diverse specialized high schools.”

The measures include providing more tutoring to middle school students and sending outreach workers into certain neighborhoods to encourage students to take the Specialized High School Admissions Test.

As part of a pilot program, five schools will administer the test during the school day so that students don’t have to travel to a testing center on a weekend.

Just nine black students and 14 Hispanic students were offered seats at Stuyvesant High School for September. Stuyvesant requires the highest score on the test.

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