Fewer Minority Students in Gifted & Talented Programs

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Two City Council members are demanding changes in the city's new admissions policy for gifted and talented programs in its public schools, following news that the change did not bring more students in, or make the programs more ethnically and racially diverse.

Councilman Lew Fidler says seven city school districts had no gifted and talented programs this year, two more than last year.

FIDLER: The parent who's trying to decide whether or not they want their child to take the test is not going to be terribly encouraged knowing that the consequences of winning is that their child will have to find a way to get to a school in Coney Island from East New York.

REPORTER: Fidler and the council's education chair, Robert Jackson, have asked the Department of Education to set aside seats in each community school district for kindergartners entering gifted and talented programs.

The department is yet to respond to the request.