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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will replace the long-controversial gifted and gifted program in elementary schools—which largely benefited only white and Asian American students—with a school system largely separated by race and class. in an effort.

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The city will eliminate a test offered to 4-year-olds – one that sorts them into a different academic track that gives them the advantage of later being admitted to select middle- and high-school programs, new York Times informed of Friday.

White and Asian American children comprise three-quarters of gifted and gifted programs, compared to just one-quarter of the district’s student population, where the majority of children are black or Latino.

Children currently in the gifted and gifted classes will be allowed to finish primary school in the program, but no new children will be admitted, resulting in the program being phased out over the next five years.


City high schools still screen children based on academic records, taking advantage of resources to prepare children. Organized small groups of parents Defeated De Blasio’s 2019 push to end a test for admission to the city’s most selective high schools.

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Democratic nominee Eric Adams, the potential next mayor of New York, wants to increase the gifted and gifted programs in poor areas, but de Blasio’s changes in the final year of his administration may be difficult to undo. For the 2021–22 school year, de Blasio removed academic screening for middle schools – a temporary change that they would have to continue with – and prevented high schools from prioritizing proximity in their admissions, leading to low-income It becomes difficult for the students. Areas to attend better funded schools in affluent neighborhoods.

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1.1 million. he is how many students Nearly three-quarters of students are considered financially disadvantaged in New York City’s public K-12 school system, the largest in America.

New York City will phase out its brightest and brightest program (new York Times)

IAdmissions change aims to remove segregation in NYC schools (The Associated Press)