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NYC Department of Education: Reject proposed changes to sibling admissions policy

The NYC Department of Education is pushing through an amendment to the Chancellor's Regulations making it almost impossible for siblings to stay together in Gifted & Talented programs, even if they are equally qualified.  The hearing is on December 20th.  We need to act fast to fight it!

We believe that the proposed changes would hurt families because:

1. The proposed change would push middle class, low-income, and minority families out of G&T programs by creating expensive logistical problems.

2. This change is unfair because it only applies to G&T programs; sibling policy is maintained elsewhere.

3. This change imposes inequity on middle class and minority families instead of addressing the real problem: not enough citywide G&T programs to educate all qualified kids at the level they are eligible for.

4. The change would purport to rank all NYC 4 year olds in numerical order, according to ability, using a test that testing experts say cannot be used in that way.

*Please include your NYC public school affiliation, if any, when signing this letter.  

Thank You!

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    Daniel Squadron
  • PEP member
    Rosemarie Maldonado
  • Senior Deputy Chancellor
    Shael Polakow-Suransky
  • NY City Council
    Steven Levin
  • Executive Director, Office of Student Enrollment
    Susan Confield
  • Admissions Process Manager, NYCDOE
    Nicholas Farrell
  • NY City Council
    Rosie Mendez
  • NY City Council
    Margaret Chin
  • NY City Council
    Brad Lander
  • NY City Council
    Robert Jackson
  • State Representative
    Linda Rosenthal
  • State Representative
    Daniel O Donnell 2
  • New York State House
  • State Senator
    Velmanette Montgomery
  • State Representative
    Sheldon Silver
  • State Senator
    John Flanagan
  • State Representative
    Brian Kavanagh
  • State Representative
    Nicole Malliotakis
  • State Representative
    Joan Millman 3
  • State Representative
    Rhoda Jacobs
  • State Senator
    Adriano Espaillat
  • State Representative
    Keith Wright
  • State Representative
    Catherine Nolan
  • State Senator
    Michael Gianaris
  • NY City Council
    Gale Brewer
  • NYC Mayor
    MIchael Bloomberg
  • City Council Speaker
    Christine Quinn
  • General Counsel, NYCDOE
    Courtenaye Jackson-Chase
  • NY City Council
    Melissa Mark Viverito
  • NY City Council
    Domenic M. Recchia Jr.
  • NY City Council
    Michael C. Nelson
  • NY City Council
    Vincent J, Gentile
  • NY City Council
    Daniel Dromm
  • NY City Council
    Jimmy van Bramer
  • NY City Council
    Peter Vallone
  • NYC Public Advocate
    Bill de Blasio
  • Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
    Dennis Walcott
  • Brooklyn Borough President
    Marty Markowitz
  • PEP Member
    Judy Bergtraum
  • Office of Public Affairs, NYCDOE
    Jahmeliah Nathan
  • Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, NYCDOE
    Jesse Mojica
  • PEP Member
    Patrick Sullivan
  • PEP Member
    Diane Peruggia
  • PEP Member
    Tino Hernandez
  • PEP Member
    Dmytro Fedkowskyj
  • PEP member
    MIlton Williams, Jr.
  • PEP member
    Ian Shapiro
  • PEP member
    Jeanette Moy
  • PEP member
    Frieda Foster
  • Deputy Chancellor, NYCDOE
    Marc Sternberg
  • Deputy Chancellor, NYCDOE
    Kathleen Grimm
  • Director of Elementary School Enrollment & Admissions
    Gentian Falstrom
  • Queens Borough President
    Helen M. Marshall
  • Manhattan Borough President
    Scott Stringer


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