Opening of applications for the Gifted and Talented program

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced expanded applications for gifted and talented students in kindergarten and third grade, which will open May 31.

Using grades in the four core school subjects – English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies – the top 10 per cent of second year students will be nominated to apply for the Gifted and Talented program in third year.

Pre-kindergarten students will be nominated to apply for the gifted and talented kindergarten program by pre-kindergarten leaders and staff based on curiosity and approach to learning, as well as guidance who remind teachers that children who exhibit gifted behaviors often come from diverse backgrounds and have different abilities – in alignment with the National Association for Gifted Children prior to the nomination process.

“By extending our Gifted & Talented program to every neighborhood in New York City, we are giving every young person the opportunity to grow, learn, explore their talents and imaginations, and we are ensuring that no child be left behind,” the mayor said. Adams in a May 24 statement. “Working with families, teachers and community leaders, we were able to make this expansion a reality, and now students in every school district will be able to access a Gifted & Talented program.”

Chancellor Banks also stepped in to express his excitement over the expansion of the program and his gratitude to the administrators and educators working to make it possible.

“Family and community engagement is critical to the success of our students and this program,” said Chancellor Banks. “Thank you to our superintendents, community leaders and families for working with us to ensure access to the Gifted & Talented program in every community. We are also grateful to our pre-K teachers for undertaking this tremendous effort to ensure that every student is selected for this opportunity.

However, some believe that increasing programs for the gifted and talented is not the right way to ensure that all students have access to a high quality program and education.

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) believes that the solution actually lies in eliminating the cap on charter schools so that all students of all races have the opportunity to engage in an education. High quality.

The charter school cap is the number of charter schools (460) allowed to operate in New York City during the 2021-2022 school year. Proponents of charter schools believe that prohibiting the construction or opening of more charters is arbitrary and harmful to students who want equitable access to quality education in public schools.

“Given the immense popularity of charter schools in New York, especially for Black, Hispanic, and now increasingly Asian families, as evidenced by their enormous waiting lists, one would think that lifting the cap by elected officials should be a no-brainer,” reads an email from CACAGNY sent May 24. “These schools offer comparable and often better results than G&T programs and top selective ‘pre-selected’ schools in which our parents are trying to get their kids in, but the city has destroyed them because they have “too many Asians. (The new G&T program promised for next year won’t be the high quality G&T you hoped!)”

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