Open a Citywide Gifted and Talented School in the Bronx
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The Bronx needs a citywide Kindergarten through 8th grade school for accelerated learners now. Hundreds of children are underserved in the Bronx each year; they qualify for a gifted and talented citywide school but do not have one in their borough.
This situation is unfair to Bronx children for many reasons:
- A citywide school offers a focused and enriched curriculum to meet the needs of accelerated students.
- In order to get the education their K – 8th grade children need, Bronx parents are forced to send their children to another borough. As the DOE does not provide cross-borough transportation, this often means parents pay thousands of dollars for private busing.
- Bronx children deserve equity with other boroughs. Currently, Manhattan has three citywide K – 8 Gifted and Talented schools and Queens and Brooklyn each have one.
- Children from all backgrounds deserve the best education possible. The Bronx has the highest poverty rate in the five boroughs. Currently, 13% of students at Bronx Science are from the Bronx. A Bronx citywide school could help more Bronx children feed into Specialized High Schools.
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