City might erase gifted programs for Bronx students

Bronx officials say that Bronx students in some of the city's gifted and talented school programs could lose their curriculum if New York City has its way.The Department of Education wants to implement an old education philosophy of putting all students in one classroom. The move would close the special schools throughout the borough. Bronx resident Randi Martos said her teenage son would suffer without the gifted programs. She said her son deserves the programs so he can be challenged to the best of his ability.Councilman Oliver Koppel said the plan won't work. He suggested Bronx parents get involved by contacting their school principals, superintendents and Mayor Bloomberg (R-NY).The Department of Education said that the gifted programs would continue next school year, but wouldn't say if any cuts were planned for the following year.

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