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US NYC Mayoral Candidate Says He Won't Dismantle Schools' Gifted Program, Will Expand It

09:55  16 october  2021
09:55  16 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

New York City to phase out controversial gifted and talented program

  New York City to phase out controversial gifted and talented program New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Friday that the city will phase out its controversial gifted and talented programs for elementary school students.The programs will be replaced with an initiative called "Brilliant NYC," which will increase the number of students who have access to accelerated learning, NBC News reported. The current gifted and talented programs are only available to incoming kindergarteners who score well on an exam that then sets them on a path to attending the city's elite schools.

New York City 's Democratic mayoral candidate , who will likely become the city's next leader, says he does not plan to eliminate the city's program for gifted students and will seek to expand it instead, the Associated Press reported. Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to get rid of the The mayor said he planned to hold community discussions over the coming months and roll out the full program right before he leaves office. He said the next mayor of the heavily Democratic city must evaluate the program , and Adams said he would expand opportunities for accelerated learning and

The possible next mayor of New York City said he plans to keep the school district gifted program in place as well as expand it . A teacher at Yung Wing School PS 124 gives a lesson to his masked students in their classroom on September 27, 2021 in New York City . He said the next Democratic city mayor should review the program , and Adams said he would expand opportunities for accelerated learning and for children with learning disabilities. Curtis Sliwa, the Republican mayoral candidate , also said he would immediately implement the program .

New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate, who will likely become the city's next leader, says he does not plan to eliminate the city's program for gifted students and will seek to expand it instead, the Associated Press reported.

New York City's likely next mayor said that he plans to keep the school district's gifted program in place as well as expanding it. A teacher at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 gives a lesson to her masked students in their classroom on Sept. 27, 2021 in New York City. © Michael Loccisano/Getty Images New York City's likely next mayor said that he plans to keep the school district's gifted program in place as well as expanding it. A teacher at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 gives a lesson to her masked students in their classroom on Sept. 27, 2021 in New York City.

Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to get rid of the program for gifted and talented students in the nation's largest school district. But Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in a Friday interview on CNN that he would seek to preserve program and increase opportunities for advanced learning.

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New York City ’s Democratic mayoral candidate , who will likely become the city’s next leader, says he does not plan to eliminate the city’s program for gifted students and will seek to expand it instead, the Associated Press reported. Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to get rid of the program for gifted and talented students in the nation’s largest school district. But Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in a Friday interview on CNN that he would seek to preserve program and increase opportunities for advanced learning.

New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams vowed to keep the city's gifted and talented schools program in a stark rebuke to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to end it . Adams said de Blasio does not have the power to end the program , and it would be up to the next mayor to decide its fate, adding that he wanted to keep and even expand the program , which was said to discriminate against black and Hispanic students. 'The gifted and talent program was isolated to only certain communities, Adams said in an interview with CNN . 'That created segregation in our classrooms.'

Adams also said de Blasio can't get rid of the program until next year, when a new mayor will be in office, according to the AP. "There's nothing to put back in place," the candidate said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Messages seeking comment from de Blasio's office and the Education Department were not immediately returned Friday.

De Blasio, also a Democrat, announced a week ago that he was starting a process that would begin next year to phase out the program, which critics say favors white and Asian American students while enrolling disproportionately few Black and Latino children.

De Blasio said the district, with about 1 million students, would next year stop administering a screening test to 4-year-olds that's used to identify gifted and talented students. Instead, he said, the public school system would work to offer accelerated learning, in which students use more advanced skills such as robotics, computer coding, community organizing or advocacy on projects while staying in their regular classrooms.

New York public schools to end gifted and talented program

  New York public schools to end gifted and talented program NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will phase out its program for gifted and talented students that critics say favors whites and Asian American students, while enrolling disproportionately few Black and Latino children, in the nation's largest school system. Starting in the next school year, the city will stop giving 4-year-olds a screening test used to identify gifted and talented students, according to an outline of the plan released by the city'sStarting in the next school year, the city will stop giving 4-year-olds a screening test used to identify gifted and talented students, according to an outline of the plan released by the city's education department on Friday.

New York City ’s Democratic mayoral candidate , who will likely become the city’s next leader, says he does not plan to eliminate the city’s program for gifted students and will seek to expand it instead, the Associated Press reported. Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to get rid of the program for gifted and talented students in the nation’s largest school district. But Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in a Friday interview on CNN that he would seek to preserve program and increase opportunities for advanced learning.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat who will likely become New York City 's next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city's program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced. © Provided by Associated Press Democrat candidate for New York Mayor Eric Adams, left, poses for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in an interview on CNN on Friday that de Blasio can' t get rid of the program in the nation's largest school district until next year, when a new mayor is in place. Adams said he would preserve the program and expand it .

The mayor said he planned to hold community discussions over the coming months and roll out the full program right before he leaves office.

He said the next mayor of the heavily Democratic city must evaluate the program, and Adams said he would expand opportunities for accelerated learning and for children who have barriers to learning.

Curtis Sliwa, the Republican mayoral candidate, has also said he would immediately re-implement the program.

Though New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the country, its public schools have long been criticized as being among the most heavily segregated, particularly within the gifted and talented program. About 75 percent of the program's 16,000 students are white or of Asian descent, though Black and Latino students make up about two-thirds of students.

Some Asian American activists have pushed back against plans to dismantle the program, saying it has given their children a path out poor-performing schools and, eventually, out of poverty.

Achieving equity through mediocrity: Why elimination of gifted programs should worry us all

  Achieving equity through mediocrity: Why elimination of gifted programs should worry us all Across the country, school districts are removing advanced programs and even standardized testing to achieve an artificial appearance of equity. Indeed, it promises a kind of equity through mediocrity that all families should reject. This movement was on display this week after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the elimination of the Gifted and Talented (G&T) program for the city's school system. G&T programs have been denounced by some as racist because a disproportionate number of white and Asian students are in the advanced programs.

Adams said he would preserve the program and expand it . Messages seeking comment from de Blasio's office and the Education Department were not immediately returned Friday. He said the next mayor of the heavily Democratic city must evaluate the program , and Adams said he would expand opportunities for accelerated learning and for children who have barriers to learning. Curtis Sliwa, the Republican mayoral candidate , has also said he would immediately re-implement the program .

New York ’s Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams pledged to keep the city ’s gifted and talented schools program . Protesters took to City Hall and the NYC Department of Education headquarters on Thursday to demand that the gifted and talented program continue. More than 200 protesters came out to say removing the current program would harm students. Opponents argued that gifted students would be delayed and students who needed more attention would be left behind under de Blasio’s plans.

Democrat candidate for New York Mayor Eric Adams said on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 that he plans to keep the city's gifted children program in place as well as expanding it. Adams, left, poses for photos with IHS Towers Chairman & CEO Sam Darwish outside the New York Stock Exchange, before the company's IPO, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Richard Drew/AP Photo © Richard Drew/AP Photo Democrat candidate for New York Mayor Eric Adams said on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 that he plans to keep the city's gifted children program in place as well as expanding it. Adams, left, poses for photos with IHS Towers Chairman & CEO Sam Darwish outside the New York Stock Exchange, before the company's IPO, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Richard Drew/AP Photo

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