More than two years before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to phase out gifted and talented classes citywide, one school in Brooklyn took a vote on its own to do exactly that.

P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights stopped admitting kindergartners to gifted and talented classes last fall. It was a proposal that began with parents like Kirsten Cole, who noticed that the school’s gifted classes didn’t have a very different curriculum, but were markedly less diverse.

“The school is really exceptionally racially diverse for a New York City public school, within a school system that is highly segregated. And so it just didn’t make sense that we had all that diversity and that we would then choose to create structures that were then re-segregating the kids once they were in the classroom,” Cole, whose children have since graduated from P.S. 9, said.

More than two years before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to phase out gifted and talented classes citywide, one school in Brooklyn took a vote on its own to do exactly that.

P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights stopped admitting kindergartners to gifted and talented classes last fall. It was […]

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