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Gifted, Talented and Separated

The New York Times

In one school, students are divided by gifted label -- and race. The pink door on Room 311 at Public School 163 on the Upper West Side represents a barrier belied by its friendly hue. On one side are 21 fourth graders labeled gifted and talented by New York City's school system. They are coursing through public school careers stamped accelerated. And they are mostly white.

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