The cards are stacked against Boston Public Schools students seeking entrance to the city’s three exam schools, according to members of a coalition of civil rights and education groups calling for changes to the schools’ admissions criteria.
As a result, Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the John D. O’Bryant School together enroll a student population that is only 40 percent black and Latino in a city where those groups represent 70 percent of all public school students.
Coalition members held a public meeting at Roxbury Community College last Thursday, outlining their plans and listening to recommendations from community members.
“Families and children in Boston must have access to opportunity,” said Lawyers for Civil Rights Executive Director Ivan Espinoza Madrigal. “That’s what this is all about.”