A coalition of alumni from the city's eight specialized high schools is defending the admissions test.
They say the test should continue to be the one criteria for admissions into the elite schools.
Critics call the test unfair to underprivileged students who can't afford to prep for them.
The specialized high schools have a much lower percentage of black and Latino students than the wider public school system.
The alumni say the schools already do a good job of admitting poorer students, as measured by the percentage of kids who are eligible for reduced-price lunches.
They're encouraging the Department of Education to create or revive programs that would better prepare black and Latino middle-schoolers to take the test.