Two Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill meant to boost diversity in the Gifted and Talented Program in New York City schools.

The measure was introduced amid a recommendation to scale back the program, which critics contend has largely benefited white and Asian students.

“All students deserve educational opportunities and it is my hope that by broadening access more students will enroll and benefit from accelerated school instruction,” Rozic said. “With the start of the new school year, our school system should take this opportunity to broaden the gateways for students and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the educational services they deserve.”

Thursday was the first day of school for New York City students.

The bill would require all students before reaching third grade to be screened for the gifted and talented program, unless their parent or guardian opts out.

Rozic and Stavisky earlier this week sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio in support of the program.

“New York City’s Gifted and Talented Program allows for children who benefit from an accelerated learning experience an opportunity to be challenged in the classroom. This legislation would increase diversity throughout the Gifted and Talented Program and include more students from under-represented populations,” Stavisky said.

“This bill would ensure any child with the ability to excel has the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential.”