On March 6, the PTA of P.S. 122 held a massive rally that filled the school’s auditorium with concerned parents, teachers, kids, educators and legislators. The reason: the Department of Education’s proposed changes to a Gifted and Talented Academy that has been a successful model for similar programs for the past 25 years.
Instead of supporting and expanding the academy, the department has proposed limiting the number of seats available to students.
I speak from personal experience about the program, because I attended P.S. 122 as a child and was, luckily, a part of the SP (Special Progress) program, which was the precursor to what is today Gifted and Talented.
The attention, specialized classes and camaraderie between like-minded students and teachers helped us all foster and realize goals that were to set a scholastic and life foundation that helped us and our families achieve way beyond that particular time in our lives.
So again, I ask as a concerned parent, neighbor, and community activist that DOE keep the academy on the same path that it has successfully been on for the past 25 years. That it allow our children the opportunity to continue to excel so that they may guide our neighborhood, our city, our country and indeed the world to a better future through quality education.
Let's make sure that Gifted and Talented does not become Gifted and Forgotten.
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