View Full Version : Queens Queens neighborhood seeking to save PS 18's gifted & talented program

02-25-2011, 09:43 AM
This from N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2011/02/25/2011-02-25_schools_getting_testy_nabe_seeking_to_save_ps_1 8s_gifted__talented_program.html) by Clare Trapasso:
Parents and local leaders are trying to save a program for gifted students at a Queens Village primary school - though their efforts may have come two years too late.

The community is urging the city to reinstate gifted and talented (G&T) courses that are being phased out at Public School 18 to ensure the smartest students in northeastern Queens are guaranteed a spot.

But the push comes more than two years after the city began phasing them out. The pre-K through fifth-grade school also serves general ed kids.

"It's outrageous," said City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), who has met with education officials about the contentious issue.

"It doesn't seem like the [Department of Education] is putting enough thought in this ... and what's best for the community," Weprin said yesterday.

The PS 18 program stopped accepting new students due to a drop in the number of eligible kids in District 26, city officials said. This decline was a result of the city's efforts to streamline, and in some cases raise, the cutoff test score for students seeking entrance into G&T classes.

The PS 18 dilemma came to a head last month when city officials began exploring the option of sending kids from all over the city to the G&T program at PS 188 in Bayside. That would leave fewer spots for the district's brightest elementary schoolers.

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