The frontline is the country’s biggest school district

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STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL is considered the crown jewel of the public schools in New York City. The magnet school, which teaches intensive maths and science, is one of America’s biggest feeders to Harvard; a list of illustrious alumni includes four Nobel laureates. For those reasons it is also one of New York’s most competitive schools, admitting pupils on the basis of a single, high-stakes exam and little else. To some, that seems the meritocratic ideal. To others, it yields alarming results. Of the 895 places available last year, only seven (or 0.8%) were offered to black students (in a district where 25% of

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