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theschoolboards
02-23-2012, 09:37 AM
From N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/ps-85-parents-push-citywide-gifted-talented-middle-school-article-1.1026924) by Clare Trapasso:

Public School 85 parents are circulating a petition to convince the Department of Education to create a citywide gifted and talented intermediate school in western Queens. The primary school program was created in 2009.

“I’m worried there is no appropriate middle school placement for these children,” said Rebecca Bratspies, 46, of Astoria, whose daughter is a kindergartner in the gifted program at PS 85.

“These children learn differently and they need classes geared toward their learning styles,” she said.

Ideally, the city would create the new school inside PS 85, she said, but it “isn’t big enough.”

The city created only five citywide gifted and talented programs, including the one at PS 85 that is K-through-5. The other four programs are K-through-8.

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