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December 11, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Seattle schools

Don’t take away the APP

For many years, Seattle has given gifted kids an opportunity to shine by providing the Accelerated Progress Program (APP). It would serve Seattle well to keep this program [“Which schools are on chief’s list — and which are not,” News, Dec. 10].

However, new Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and the School Board have cited the APP as elitist and racist, and thereby is targeted to be dismantled. This act is purely political.

The APP has served the needs of students who are academically highly gifted of all races. APP is an all-city draw for gifted Seattle kids from first to 12th grades (regardless of race or family income) who can do well on the entrance test and can perform at a significantly accelerated learning pace and learn at a significantly advanced level of complexity and depth.

Many public programs in the Seattle school system require tryouts to prove ability for admittance.

Higher-learning institutions, colleges and universities require testing based upon academic ability for admittance.

Thereby, what is wrong with having the APP available for all kids in first to 12th grades who require testing based upon academic ability for admittance?

Please do not allow the School Board to destroy APP. For many years, it has helped so many highly gifted kids from so many walks of life. By destroying APP, you will deprive America’s future of the best it has to offer academically.

Taking away APP deprives gifted kids of Seattle an accelerated learning pace in classes that provide an advanced level of complexity and depth.

— Jeff Tanner, Seattle

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