Andrew Yang Says That Scrapping Gifted Programs Would Cause Some Families To Leave NYC

“We should face the reality that these programs in many cases are what is keeping many families in the city,” Yang said during an education panel for mayoral candidates. “I think getting rid of these programs without some kind of real replacement is making some people think that the city might not be right for them and their families.”

He later added: “I think getting rid of these programs is a mistake. I think they have a lot of value.”

The panel was hosted by Place NYC, an education advocacy group the seeks to increase seats to gifted programs while also expanding their admissions criteria. Given the audience, the event was notable for the absences. Out of a field of 10, Yang was only joined by four of his fellow candidates: Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire, and Loree Sutton.”

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