New York Cityâs public schoolsÂ have long been among the mostÂ racially segregated in the nation. And one system that is a glaring symbol of that dynamic is the cityâsÂ gifted and talented classes.
But now, Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to overhaul how students are admitted into those classes. The programs help create what many experts consider aÂ two-tiered educational systemÂ for children as young as 4 â" and the move could fundamentally reshape competitive school admissions.
New York runs about 80 gifted programs, and only about 16,000 of the cityâs roughly 1 million students are enrolled in them. But white and Asian American students make up about 75 percent of those classrooms, while constituting just 25 percent of the school system.
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Alternate-side parking : In effect until Sept. 16 (Yom Kippur). Spencer Platt/Getty Images But now, Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to overhaul how students are admitted into [...]