To the Elected Officials of the Greater Astoria Area,
We, the undersigned, request that you contact the NYC Department of Education in support of the entire P.S. 122 community as well The Academy for the Intellectually Gifted. As you know a plan has been created to phase out The Academy that for over twenty-five years has been the home for the gifted middle school students of District 30. With this plan, P.S. 122 will become a K-8 school. Along with these changes will come issues of overcrowding (increasing the middle school population by more than 50%) and cuts in resources and enrichment courses offered. This plan not only decreases the amount of gifted seats in the entire district, it destroys a successful program that ranks amongst the highest in NYC and New York State. In the process it will compromise the elementary school, at P.S. 122, that provides a strong foundation for our children. Unlike this most recent plan that will weaken all of the District's schools, we ask for your support in strengthening all District 30 schools.