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NYC Overhauls Gifted Programs in Significant Policy Shift

  • New accelerated system for schools set to begin autumn 2022
  • Major policy shift for mayor in final months of his tenure
Bill de Blasio
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New York City will end its gifted-and-talented education program, a major policy shift in the face of growing criticism that the nation’s largest public school system is segregating its mostly Black and Latino students into the poorest-performing schools.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the overhaul on Friday, which calls for the city’s Department of Education to implement a new accelerated program in all elementary schools starting with kindergarten in the fall of 2022. Students currently enrolled in the highly selective program will be unaffected.