New York City to overhaul its gifted and talented school curriculum
(Bloomberg) – New York City announced on Friday that it would end its highly selective education program for the gifted and talented. The move marks a major policy shift from Mayor Bill de Blasio in the face of growing criticism that the country’s largest public school system is separating its students, mostly black and Latino, into the poorest performing schools.
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De Blasio’s education ministry will implement a new fast-track program in all primary schools from kindergarten in fall 2022, according to an official from the city’s education ministry. Students currently enrolled in the existing program will not be affected.
The move comes in the final months of de Blasio’s tenure, even though the mayor has long been committed to tackling racial inequalities in the public school system. It is phasing out a program that often attracted students who otherwise would have gone to private schools or moved out of town.
The plan includes the elimination of the four-year-old exam which admits about 2,500 kindergarten children per year to the gifted and talented program, but which critics say puts black and Latino students at a disadvantage. Under the new plan, the city will select all third-grade students by subject for eligibility, but they will remain in mixed-level classes.
The city will also increase the number of schools with accelerated programming – from 80 to every 800 schools with elementary levels – will train all of its 4,000 kindergarten teachers in this type of education and hire additional educators in historically poor areas. or not gifted and talented programming.
Senior department officials plan to hold community conversations in the city’s 32 school districts and roll out a comprehensive plan in December.
The redesign was first reported by The New York Times
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