At NESTm elementary division, (NEW EXPLORATION OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & MATH), one of the few and G&T citywide schools, students BARELY have any direct exposure to EITHER Science or Technology. Years ago, Principal Livanis eliminated the Science Teacher altogether... leaving the (mostly inexperienced and otherwise overworked) teachers to figure out a way to use the FOSS kits purchased by the school.. as though Science-In-A-Box is any way to achieve Inquiry Based learning models (hint: it's not).
As to technology: because there was nearly NO technology access for the K-5 students, PTA donations have been used to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars --- this term, paying for a Technology Teacher- and now, provides AT A MINIMUM some hands on work to hundreds of students who otherwise would NOT receive any.
This is a school where the principal comes to expect that slashing such programs as Science and Technology will result in PTA support, so that in turn she can use funds for the upper grades at the same school. The fact that such programming is not mandated, regardless of what school, or how much the PTA is able to fund raise, is a glaring example of how Educrats/Bloomberg have turned the NYC/DOE into a private funding option : ie those schools able to raise most money get more programs ! Where, do you suppose therefore, does that leave the vast majority of schools in the city of NY ?