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Lawmaker works to bring more gifted programs to NYC schools

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 18:45:01-04

State Senator Tony Avella introduced legislation to create more gifted and talented programs in New York City's public elementary and middle schools.

Senator Avella hopes the initiative will prepare more diverse students for the standardized test for admission to Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and Stuyvesant High Schools.

"That would give the students the preparation throughout their educational career," Senator Avella explained. "So that when they get to take that test they can pass it. That’s the whole idea."

"I think there isn't a parent in this city who doesn’t want their kid to have the best education possible and the opportunity for real advancement," Avella told PIX11 News.

In recent weeks Mayor Bill de Blasio has questioned whether the Specialized High School Admissions Test unfairly keeps African American and Latino students out of the most competitive schools in the city. The Mayor has said he's exploring the option of scrapping the test all together.

"Stuyvesant is not as diverse as we'd want it to be," explained Stuyvesant Senior Chris Boodram.