Wednesday, September 04, 2019
No Change In The Gifted And Talented Programs This Year
After receiving intense push-back from parents and the Asian-American community, the DOE has decided not to change the gifted and talented program for this year. The gifted and talented program was drastically reduced by the Bloomberg administration by requiring 4 year olds to take an entrance test to qualify for the program. The result was the City's gifted and talented programs were reduced from 60 to 10 as the low income, minority communities had few entering students that can qualify for the program.
The existing gifted and talented programs have only a 21% Black and Hispanic component, despite the two minorities making up 85% of the City's student body. Finally, the 10 gifted and talented programs are found in the more diverse neighborhoods, like Districts 2(Manhattan),15(Brooklyn), and 26 (Queens) where there is enough middle and upper income families that attend the public schools to fill the classes.
If the City eventually adopts the crazy proposals by the diversity advisory group that wants to eliminate the gifted and talented program and diversify the Borough's schools, upper and middle class flight would follow. Just imagine you live in Little Neck Queens and the City forces your child to be sent to South Jamaica by a 2-hour forced busing to integrate the school. You would either sell your house and move to Long Island or send your child to private school and who can blame them?
I highly doubt that Mayor Bill de Blasio will agree with the diversity advisory committee's recommendations but you never know since the Mayor is more progressive than practical. However, I do see that the City will try to increase the gifted and talented programs throughout the City but the question is how?