Thu. May 26th, 2022

Mayor Bill de Blasio is phasing out New York City’s talented and talented program, he announced Friday – bowing to critics who complained that the coveted model is racist.

Current students in the program will be able to stay in accelerated classes for graduation. But new cohorts they will be completely eliminated in the fall of 2022 and complete the current test for 4-year-old city children.

“The time to judge four-year-olds based on a single test is over,” de Blasio said Friday.

It will be replaced by Brilliant NYC, a program that offers students ages 8 and up opportunities for accelerated learning – while staying in their regular classrooms with other students.

De Blasio announced the major overhaul despite being in the final months of his tenure.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the opening of a Broadway workers' vaccination center in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai / Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the opening of a Broadway workers’ vaccination center in Times Square on April 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai / Getty Images)

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The candidates to replace him, Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa, have both made it clear they would not completely eliminate the program, which critics have attacked, saying a larger number of white and Asian students passed the tests.

“Brilliant NYC will provide accelerated education for tens of thousands of children, as opposed to a select few,” de Blasio said.

“Every child in New York deserves to reach their full potential, and this new, fair model gives them that chance.”

But critics quickly flipped Hizzoner for making the decision so late in his administration following earlier calls for him to leave it to his successor.

“Gifted and talented programs have been an integral option for generations of school children,” tweeted Senator John Liu (D-Queens), chair of a panel on schools in New York City.

“@BilldeBlasio promised intense public engagement about it, but now wants total elimination.

“This will not help his abysmal record. If anything, his legacy will be revocation of mayoral control,” Liu said.

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Sam Pirozzolo, former president of the Staten Island Community Education Council, which put two children through G&T programs, called the move “discouraging.”

“Tens of thousands of families are leaving public schools because the education being taught is bad,” he said.

“Removing the gifted and talented program is another brick in the wall that offends parents.

“It’s the political stuff that’s going on. It’s critical race theory.”

Mayor Adams’ forerunner believes “the Department of Education must clearly improve the performance of children from lower-income areas,” his spokesman Evan Thies told The Post.

But “Eric will assess the plan and reserve his right to implement policies based on the needs of students and parents if he becomes mayor,” Thies stressed.

Supporters of G&T have long hailed it for giving academically advanced children the opportunity to learn at an appropriate pace and serve as an educational springboard.

Opponents contradict that the admissions model favors families of funds that are better able to prepare for the test, and that the exam acts as a poor marker of talent in young children.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, speaks at a press conference at New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. (Jeenah Moon / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, speaks at a press conference at New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. (Jeenah Moon / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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But the debate has also focused on claims that the racial composition of the classes reflects an unfair bias. Asian students account for 43 percent of G&T students despite being only 16.2 percent in the school system.

White students make up 36 percent in G&T classes, with Latin Americans at 8 percent and African Americans at 6 percent.

The city’s education department claims that the new model will offer faster learning opportunities to 26 times as many students, from 2,500 to all 65,000 city kindergartens.

All 4,000 kindergarten teachers need additional 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 available to help implement the sweeping new proposals.

All third-grade students will now be screened in different subjects to see if they would benefit from tailor-made accelerated instruction – but they remain in regular classrooms according to plan.

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

As a lifelong educator, I know that every child in New York City has talents that go far beyond what a single test can capture, and the brilliant NYC plan will uncover their strengths so they can succeed, “said Chancellor Meisha Porter.

“I’m excited to get into neighborhoods throughout the city to hear directly from communities about the types of learning opportunities that pique students’ interests and make their gifts shine.”

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