Don’t count NYC’s brightest and brightest shows yet: Adams rep

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to overhaul the gifted and gifted program in the city’s elementary schools may be short-lived.

A spokesman for the city’s next mayor, Democratic nominee Eric Adams, declined to say Saturday whether Adams, if elected, would overturn any changes Blasio made to the program.

But Representative Evan Thies insisted the Brooklyn borough president “has consistently said he will keep G and T tests and provide more resources, classes and support to ensure better outcomes for low-income students,” his “situation has not changed.” “

De Blasio caused a severe storm on Friday when he suddenly announced plans to end the city’s brightest and brightest program, which has come under sharp criticism from opponents who claim it promotes segregation and Mostly well caters to White and Asian Kindergarten students who gain admission through a. Examination.

Both Adams and his Republican rival, Curtis Sliva, have made it clear throughout the campaign that they do not want to end the program altogether.

Sliva was even more clear on his intentions, during Saturday’s Manhattan press conference to not only kill the “October surprise” of lame duck de Blasio, but also to expand admission to the gifted and gifted program beyond his current 2,500 students. .

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Curtis Sliva said he would expand admission to the Gifted and Talented program if elected mayor.
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“The Asian community is being targeted because they are following the rules; They succeed in achieving academic excellence; Their families and communities are motivated to take advantage of G&T to take advantage of specialized high schools,” said Sliva.

Guardian Angels founder also accused Adams of “Vaselet”[ing]On this issue – a claim Thijs called a “lie.”

Under de Blasio’s plan, the accelerated learning program allows current students to stay in their individual schools and classrooms, but by the fall of 2022 the new group will be phased out entirely, testing for children under four. will end.

The model is being replaced by Brilliant NYC, a program that provides students ages 8 and older with opportunities for accelerated learning while in their regular classes with other students. The new program is being launched in December, during the mayor’s last month in office.

Students write and draw positive affirmations on poster board at PS5 Port Morris, an elementary school in the Bronx borough of New York.
Mayor Bill de Blasio caused an uproar when he announced plans to end the city’s brightest and brightest program.
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The Department of Education said teachers would identify children best suited for the new initiative, eliminating high-stakes testing, for which some parents pay tutors to help children prepare.

The mayor’s office did not respond to inquiries about whether de Blasio is concerned that his successor will reverse any changes he makes.

De Blasio blew up a Post reporter who asked him at an unrelated Brooklyn event on Saturday about his plans to dismantle the Gifted and Talented initiative.

He did, however, meet a concerned mom at a Brownsville gathering who yelled, “What’s up with the gifted and talented?”

“Why is it that children do not get enough space to go to school to get equal opportunities of education?” She said the mayor turned his head to ignore her. “I don’t understand it.”

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