While Mayor Bill de Blasio is steadfast on his plan to overhaul the Gifted and Talented program in city elementary schools, his looming successor Eric Adams is moving in the opposite direction.
On Saturday, Evan Thies, the spokesperson of Adams hinted that the city’s presumptive next mayor might retain the program.
“The Brooklyn borough president has said consistently he would keep the G and T-test and provide more resources, classes, and support to lower-income students to ensure fairer outcomes,” Thies said.
On Friday, a lot of people raised their eyebrows after de Blasio announced a plan to end the city’s Gifted and Talented program.
As of late, the program has come under sharp criticism from detractors who claim to promote segregation and caters to mostly well-off, white, and Asian kindergarten students who gain entry through an exam.
Based on de Blasio’s plans, current students in the accelerated learning program can stay in their separate schools and classrooms to completion.
However, new cohorts will be eliminated by fall 2022, ending testing for kids as young as four.
The new program will be called Brilliant NYC, which offers students ages eight and up chances for accelerated learning while staying in their regular classrooms with other pupils.
The new program is set to be implemented in December, during the mayor’s final month in office.