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City must do more for gifted students [Letter]

I was disappointed at the decision of the Baltimore school board denying funds for the Ingenuity and the International Baccalaureate programs in city schools, but I am elated they have changed their minds ("School board votes to fully fund gifted programs," May 28).

In 1986, I retired from the Baltimore City Public School's Gate Program. The Gate program was abolished two years later because of budget reductions. Gate was a gifted and talent education center in the Harford Heights Elementary School at Broadway and North Avenue. It was fully staffed as an ideal school with classes of 25 and a diverse population that was bused in from all over the city. The school had instructors for each of the elementary grades, support services and resource teachers of all disciplines. Some students received advanced math such as geometry, algebra and trigonometry.

It was a disaster to close it up because many students excelled at Poly and City and private schools in the Baltimore area. Many students became outstanding professionals here and around the country.

The protests that resulted from the recent decision to close the advanced programs put fire to the thinking of the school board. I think a school board member should have had teaching experience. Why would they want to deny such curriculum and lower standards for city schools while county schools continue to advance? That is so unfair.

Lola J. Massey, Owings Mills

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