A group of parents are asking the state Department of Education to investigate allegations of discrimination in the city's high school admissions process.
Thirteen parents and five advocacy groups are filing a complaint stating that racial diversity affects the quality of education high school students receive.
The parents are saying that schools made up of predominantly black and Latino students, have a disproportionately high percentage of low performing students with math and language deficiencies.
They claim that of 11 schools closed by the city last year, nine had a 90 percent African-American and Latino population.
They argue that schools with significant populations of white students are much more academically diverse and are not struggling by city standards.
The Department of Education says that this administration inherited an unequal system, and that eliminating the achievement gap is a core goal of the city's school reform strategy.