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NYC education panel rejects contract for Gifted and Talented exam

A city education panel made up mostly of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handpicked allies defied his wishes Thursday, as they voted down a contract to administer the Gifted and Talented admissions exam.

Renegade members of the Panel for Education Policy argued that the test is unfair and racist as they threw a wrench into de Blasio’s plans to offer it one final time by voting 8-7 to nix a $1.7 million deal with Pearson testing.

The debate — which was so intense that it ended at about 1 a.m. Thursday — saw the mutineers overcome the arguments of dissenters who wanted to stick by the mayor and who said that families preparing for the test shouldn’t be blindsided.

The PEP’s snub came despite last-minute lobbying from de Blasio and 11th-hour panel appointments intended to aid the contract’s passage.

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