Mayor Bloomberg traveled to Fort Greene on Tuesday to unveil a plan that he hopes will make all city high school students as successful as their Brooklyn Tech counterparts.
Hizzoner announced that the Department of Education will spend $60 million to implement a core science curriculum in kindergarten through eighth grade over the next two years.
Bloomberg hailed Brooklyn Tech — where more African-American students passed the Advanced Placement biology test than at any other school in the nation — as a model that he hopes will be replicated thanks to earlier science education.
That’s a tall order, with or without the core science curriculum.
“Here, AP Bio is not even the terminal course,” said Brooklyn Tech Principal Randy Asher. “There are higher level courses, such as anatomy, genetics and organic chemistry.”
Students at Brooklyn Tech benefit from state-of-the-art science labs, which opened last year. The mayor hopes more students will have such facilities.
“This major new investment in science education will help prepare students not only for high school courses, but also for exciting and successful careers in science,” he said. “And I have no doubt that some of the students at Brooklyn Tech are already on their way.”