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Expand gifted and talented education: A proposal would take city schoolchildren in exactly the wrong direction

November 19, 2019

Problems require solutions, and complex problems require sophisticated solutions.

Consider Mayor de Blasio’s approach to struggling schools. Unlike his predecessor Mike Bloomberg, de Blasio hasn’t closed struggling schools en masse. Across the city, he has invested in wraparound social services for children and families.

In historically underserved neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, the mayor and Chancellor Richard Carranza worked with the UFT to develop what is known as “the Bronx Plan,” an investment in education designed to attract and retain staff with pay incentives and to provide schools access to more funds and supports to meet their students’ needs.

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