“The number of students taking the test for District 23 kindergarten classes, which includes schools in Brownsville, Brooklyn, increased from 78 last year to 94 this year. But as in previous years, too few kids qualified to open a single gifted class in four of the city’s 32 school districts, including Districts 7 and 12 in the Bronx and Districts 16 and 23 in Brooklyn.”
I wonder if Black and Latino parents (and their elected representatives) fully comprehend the implications of the above statement? How about this: Open the same amount of G & T classes in all 32 school districts? I can hear it: “it can’t be done”. But, between 2000-2003 we opened our own district funded G&T classes in CSD 29! And for those who say there are not enough G & T children* In places like Districts 7, 12, 16 and 23; well I found plenty as a high school principal!
*Really not sure what that means, since all children are gifted and talented in some way or another. The only question then is the modality (how it is expressed), the degree of discovery and development. In any event in the case of “G & T” kindergarten entrance evaluations; we are in fact testing the parent’s level of education, english language mastery, “pushiness”, awareness of how the system works, and their access to information and financial resources!
NY Daily News; 5/27/2015. “Public school students will learn this week if they were picked for coveted gifted programs”… http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/city-reveal-students-chosen-coveted-gift-programs-article-1.2238023?fb_action_ids=10205007427440519&fb_action_types=og.shares