De Blasio Pulls Plug on Gifted & Talented Program

In a move stretching beyond his administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced yesterday that this will be the last year of the Gifted and Talented (G & T) program, in which four-year-olds take verbal and nonverbal assessment tests and some of those that score above the 90th percentile are put into accelerated kindergarten classes.

The G&T program currently has 2,500 kindergarten seats for 15,000 applicants, and approximately ~65K rising kindergarteners across the city. Of the students currently in the G&T program, 43% are Asian-American, 36% are white, 8% are Hispanic and 6% are Black, according to the city Department of Education (DOE).

Image from a Gifted & Talented Facebook page In a move stretching beyond his administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced yesterday that this will be the last year of the Gifted and Talented (G & T) program, in which four-year-olds take verbal and nonverbal […]

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