Meng Urges Schools Chancellor to Create Gifted and Talented Programs for Queens Middle Schools in Districts 25 and 28
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today sent a letter to New York City Schools Chancellor Fariña urging her to create gifted and talented (G&T) programs for Queens middle schools in Districts 25 and 28, which respectively encompass northern Queens (Flushing/Whitestone/College Point) and central/southern Queens (Forest Hills/Kew Gardens/Rego Park/Briarwood/Jamaica).
Presently, Districts 25 and 28 do not offer any G&T programs for middle school students, while the neighboring School Districts 24 (Corona/Glendale/Ridgewood/Elmhurst/Long Island City/Maspeth/Middle Village) and 26 (Bayside/Little Neck/Douglaston) have established and successful middle-school programs.
“Providing students with a challenging curriculum to compete in today’s globalized world is extremely important,” Meng wrote in her correspondence. “We must work together to grant all qualified students equal access to G&T programs.”
G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction to exceptional students enrolled in New York City’s public schools.
A copy of Meng’s letter to Fariña is attached.