Boston school curriculum for gifted kids closed because too many White children
The Boston Public Schools decided that the gifted and talented children program, also known as Advanced Work Classes, was discontinued because 70 percent of the participants who scored a passing grade were whites.
The essence of the scandal is that the commission revealed strange statistics. Of the five schools participating in the program, according to official information, 80 percent are Black children.
"This is just not acceptable," School Committee member Lorna Rivera said at a recent school committee meeting. "I've never heard these statistics before, and I'm very very disturbed by them."
Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said she intends to fight inequities for the next year. By “inequities” she means the white minority, of which there are too many in the curriculum.
"There's been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address," Cassellius told GBH News. "There's a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education."
Over the past years, Advanced Work Classes have lost interest in many educational institutions in the city. The James F. Condon School in South Boston, the Jackson / Mann K-8 in Allston, the Richard J. Murphy School in Dorchester, the William H. Ohrenberger school in West Roxbury, and the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown who still support students in this program.
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