https://nypost.com/2021/10/08/nyc-to-phase-out-gifted-and-talented-program

Mayor Bill de Blasio is phasing out New York City’s Gifted and Talented program for the Big Apple’s smartest young students, The Post has confirmed.

In a major act in the final months of his administration, de Blasio is ending the selective program which critics say unfairly favors white and American Asian youngsters, as well as families with means.

Current students in the program will stay in the accelerated-learning classes, but they will be completely eliminated by Fall 2022, ending the current testing for four-year-old city kids.

The city said it will instead offer a new accelerated-learning model for all students.

That will increase the number of schools offering accelerated learning from the current 80 to all 800 with elementary grades, the Education Department claims.

It will also mean more than 26 times as many pupils can receive it, according to the city — from 2,500 to all 65,000 city kindergartners.

All 4,000 Kindergarten teachers will need extra training in preparation, and the city will hire additional teachers trained in accelerated learning in areas with historically little to no gifted and talented programming.

Seven specialist teams of experts will also be on hand to help implement the sweeping new proposals.

All pupils going into third grade will now be screened in different subjects to see if they would benefit from tailored accelerated instruction — but they will remain in regular classrooms, according to the plan.

The accelerated model will also focus on real-world skills, with subjects such as coding, robotics and even community advocacy.

The radical change comes after critics have accused the current model of favoring white and Asian American students, who make up about 75 percent of the G&T system.

Critics have also said that it unfairly favors wealthier families who are able to pay tutors to help prep their four-year-old children to pass the tests.

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