New Study Shows Boston’s Exam Schools Enrollment Fails to Reflect the District’s Diversity.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is one of the advocacy and civil rights groups working together to address racial disparities at Boston’s exam schools. Kim Janey, who heads the Boston School Reform project for MA, is quoted in this Boston Globe story, which announces the release of a new report by the coalition.  The report, entitled “A Broken Mirror,” reveals that admissions data for Boston’s incoming exam school classes show that the troubling trend of under-enrollment of African American and Latino students continues in Boston’s exam schools, particularly at Boston Latin School (BLS).

The groups will hold a series of open forums across Boston to review these data and determine what alternatives hold the most promise for improving racial diversity in Boston’s exam schools. They call for BPS to immediately intensify its review of exam school admissions so that the city can properly value racial diversity for the next incoming exam school class.