Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reform the gifted and talented program in the city’s elementary schools could be short-lived.
A spokesman for the city’s alleged mayor, Democratic candidate Eric Adams, declined to say Saturday whether Adams, if elected, would review any changes De Blasio makes to the program.
But Rep. Evan Thies stressed that the Brooklyn Borough President “has consistently said that he would maintain the G and T test and provide more resources, classes, and support to low-income students to ensure fairer results,” adding that his ” position has not changed. “
De Blasio caused a firestorm on Friday when he abruptly announced a plan to end the city’s Gifted and Talented program, which has come under severe criticism from detractors who claim it promotes segregation and caters primarily to high school students. White, Asian and well-off kindergarten entering through exam.
Both Adams and his Republican rival, Curtis Sliwa, have made clear throughout the election campaign that they do not want to eliminate the program entirely.
Sliwa was even more sincere in his intentions, vowing during a press conference in Manhattan on Saturday not only to kill Blasio’s lame duck “October surprise,” but also to expand admissions to the Gifted and Talented program beyond those. 2,500 existing students per year.
“The Asian community is under attack because it is following the rules; are successful in achieving academic excellence; their families and communities are motivated to take advantage of G&T, to take advantage of specialized high schools, ”Sliwa said.
The Guardian Angels founder also accused Adams of “vacillating[ing]”On the subject – a claim Thies called a” lie. “
Under de Blasio’s plan, current students in the accelerated learning program can remain in their separate schools and classrooms until completion, but the new cohorts will be completely phased out by fall 2022, ending testing for children as young as four.
The model is being replaced by Brilliant NYC, a program that offers students ages 8 and up opportunities for accelerated learning while remaining in their regular classrooms with other students. The new program will be implemented in December, during the last month in office of the mayor.
The Department of Education said teachers would identify the most suitable children for the new initiative, eliminating the high-risk tests for which some parents pay tutors to help children prepare.
The mayor’s office did not respond to questions about whether de Blasio is concerned that his successor will reverse any changes he makes.
De Blasio blew into a Post reporter who asked him at an unrelated event in Brooklyn on Saturday about his plan to eliminate the Gifted and Talented initiative.
However, at the Brownsville meeting, he received a response from a concerned mother who yelled, “What about the Gifted and Talented?”
“Why can’t children have enough space just to go to school and get the same educational opportunities?” she said as the mayor turned his head to ignore her. “I do not understand”.