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    District G&T worth it given the changes?

    Do any of you have any thoughts on how the changes to G&T (elimination of current model after this year) will affect district programs (i.e. one or two classes at a gen ed school)? We are going to prep for the test, but I dont have high hopes of a top scores, i.e. 99%.

    My feeling is that the district programs will try to keep up with the kids for a year or two, but then decline as teaches are pulled in different directions and maybe interchanged with others in the school.

    I would think that citywides will still be relatively better off since the whole schools is G&T focused and this drift may not occur, although I wonder whether there will be top down slow down in acceleration, i.e. from the principle (new principles at Andersons, NEST, TAG)...


    Anyway, I know nothing is clear, but where could we look for examples of what happens that would be relevant?

    I am trying to decide whether to do private on a scholarship (still more than I want to pay), or any type of G&T.

    Any random thoughts appreciated

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    if the "model of G&T" changes then it won't just be the admissions process but a change en masse, structurally, pedagogy, you name it. Now, G&T was never perfect, but, what the DOE has been teasing in dribs and drabs what they are considering is basically a GenEd enhancement, and throwing G&T out the window since the direction is orthogonal to G&T. It will be a lot of movement and time and energy, as any smoke and mirrors act is.
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    I presume the model for this last class of students will stay the same, and will change with the next class...

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    Their position is that it doesn't work and it's broken beyond repair. What happens from there on our end we can only use a magic 8 ball, which might turn out to be what they're using on their end too.
    Passionate tutor of Elementary School subjects specializing in NY state tests, and the specialized high/middle school tests (SHSAT, Hunter, TACHS/CHSEE, ISEE, SSAT, ERB, ...)

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    The future is not bright for G&T, especially District programs. With no timeline, no political support and no funds to pursue viable alternatives the District programs will dissolve into their GenEd schools. Experienced, credentialed G&T teachers will not wait around to see where the darts land. Maybe we will see more Citywide seats, such as Lower Lab becoming the only District 2 Citywide. Likely District G&T "programs" will be created in more schools, but this will be on the order of a couple classes a week, an enrichment club for accelerated learners. We are pursing other options as well. Its an older, but familiar NYC problem....private with scholarship? or put that same money towards a higher-priced neighborhood with better zoned GenEd. So now, post-G&T, everyone has fewer options.

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