Queens lawmakers criticize city’s plan to replace Gifted and Talented Program with ‘Brilliant NYC’


Queens lawmakers are speaking out against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to phase out the controversial Gifted and Talented (G&T) Program in New York City’s public schools and instead make it more accessible to all children, including better outreach into all communities.  

The mayor, along with Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, announced the end of the G&T program on “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Friday, Oct. 8, and introduced a new structure for accelerated learning for individual kids beginning in third grade that won’t separate them into special classes.