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 State Board of Education cuts $25 million from budget
Board tightens its belt after $14 million spent on state pork projects.
Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2008 

Dangerous talent
What happens when a gifted child is put into the pressure cooker that is parental expectations?
The Star
March 30, 2008

A Teacher's Lessons for Business Leaders
Ron Clark is known as "America's Educator," but his formula for motivating students applies beyond the classroom
Business Week
March 29, 2008

Brizard to reveal his plans for reform
Rochester's lowest-performing schools would be grouped together and required to teach the same curriculum, and programs for gifted students would be greatly expanded under a plan to radically reshape the City School District, expected to be unveiled today by Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard.
Democrat & Chronicle
March 28, 2008 

Greenwich district's budget draws fire
Parent objects to possible changes in gifted and talented program in $13.4 million proposal.
The Express Times 
March 28, 2008

Record Number Of City Students Apply For Fewer Gifted Programs
The number of students applying for gifted programs in city elementary schools has skyrocketed, but the amount of open spots may be shrinking.
NY 1
March 27, 2008

Students take lead, direct gifted studies
New model: Depending on what kids want, many options available.
Anchorage Daily News
March 27, 2008 

District revamps program for ‘gifted’ students
Talented and Gifted activities will be expanded next year
The Sandy Post
March 26, 2008 

“Gifted Kids part 2”
“I think parents get caught up in trying to make their kids great so they can live through their kids, and we try not to do that.”
March 26, 2008 

Provo board approves new gifted program
A proposed gifted and talented magnet program in Provo gained board approval Tuesday morning.
Daily Herald
March 26, 2008

Oldham to hire coordinator for gifted students
Oldham County school board voted yesterday to move forward with a plan to hire a resource teacher who will coordinate gifted and talented programs at schools.
March 25, 2008 

Gifted minds, ample tools
Five fifth-graders from Barringer Academic Center dominated top prizes for the state's youngest scientists at the N.C. science fair this month.
Charlotte Observer
March 25, 2008 

Schools unite to help gifted
YOUNGSTERS from private and state schools in York have turned archaeologists as part of a ground-breaking £100,000 partnership.
The Press
March 24, 2008 

Gifted Kids
Adam is what some might call a prodigy. It started when he first picked up his dad’s guitar.
March 24, 2008

'Meet the youngest college kids'
Gifted children may seem blessed with superbrains which puts them years ahead of their classroom peers, but they often find it very hard to fit in.
March 24, 2008

Prodigy education project sparks controversy
As 40 newly-joined teenagers are leafing through the college textbooks for a bright academic future, China's unique education program for gifted youngsters has raised controversy about the country's education reform 30 years after it began.
China Daily
March 24, 2008

Second grade bookworm passes test for university's gifted programs
Johns Hopkins University wants Sophia Florida. The only problem is she's in second grade.
Hudson Reporter
March 23, 2008

State expands definition of 'gifted' students
The state Board of Education yesterday expanded the definition of "gifted" students and agreed to step up monitoring of school districts' gifted-education programs.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
March 22, 2008

Clever pupils are being given the chance to excel in key subjects and meet inspirational celebrities as an Exeter school's programme for gifted and talented students goes from strength to strength.
March 21, 2008

Lack of parental involvement disappoints Beaufort County Board of Education member
Only a handful of parents turned out for an informational meeting hosted by Bluffton members of the Beaufort County Board of Education on Thursday evening.
Island Packet
March 21, 2008 

Tumbling down: DISD's Talented and Gifted enrollments
Anybody know what's going with TAG enrollments? The graph below shows how, since 2003, about 10,000 students have left the Talented and Gifted programs.
Dallas Morining News
March 20, 2008

State seeking to beef up programs for gifted students
The state Board of Education today will consider a new process for identifying "gifted" children and beefing up the monitoring of gifted programs, steps advocates say would help provide a mind-stretching education for the state's top students.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
March 19, 2008

Gifted program keeps students engaged
Students in the program attend either Park or Pineview elementary schools; both have wait lists. Gifted students are placed in a separate class, which becomes a reprieve from being bored or frustrated with school.
Jackson Hole Post-Tribune
March 19, 2008

Program to start advisory board
Cleburne ISD's Gifted and Talented Education program is adding some new things this year, including an advisory board, a district administrator said.
Cleburne Times-Review
March 19, 2008

G.A.T.E. helps gifted students
Program teaches critical thinking, problem solving skills
Port Clinton News Herald
March 18, 2008 

China's "prodigy program" to mark 30th anniversary
China's first program for gifted youngsters is to celebrate its 30th birthday on Friday in east China's Anhui Province.
China View
March 18, 2008

$60k asked to study program for gifted
It's not just kids performing below expectations that need special attention.
Nashua Telegraph
March 17, 2008

Letting brightest students shine
Many gifted children struggle. Some quit school. The risk is higher for those from low-income families.
Philadelphia Enquirer
March 17, 2008

Bill aimed at helping talented students
What would you think if your child already knew 50 to 80 percent of what they would be taught in a year on the first day of school?
Charlotte Observer
March 16, 2008

Gifted youth classes to move to Adler Park
Fourth- and fifth-graders in Libertyville schools who qualify for gifted math, reading and language arts will go to school full time at one building -- Adler Park School -- beginning in the 2008-2009 school year.
Daily Herald
March 15, 2008

Educators evaluate needs of gifted students
A dedicated committee of educators began planning Prairie Elementary's new services for gifted and talented students in October, sorting out its priorities and deciding what services to offer.
Worthington Daily Globe
March 15, 2008

Gifted program post restored
Taking advantage of a $700,000 saving from its newly settled teachers contract, the School Board on Wednesday reinstated the School District's chairperson in charge of gifted education for the 2008-'09 school year, a position it voted in January to cut.
Journal Sentinel
March 14, 2008

2nd-graders get a 2nd chance
The school board Tuesday gave more than 1,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg second-graders a new chance at getting into challenging magnet schools and other programs for gifted students.
Charlotte Observer
March 13, 2008

Massabesic teacher fights for funding
Advocates for Maine's gifted and talented students converged on Capitol Hill earlier this month to urge Members of Congress to reverse decades of neglect by redoubling the federal government's commitment to and investment in gifted education.
Sun Chronicle
March 13, 2008

Gifted Ed center celebrates 20 years of impact
The College of William and Mary's Center for Gifted Education kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration last week with a conference that brought in more than 450 educators from around the country to discuss the latest research findings and best practices in field of gifted education.
W+M News
March 13, 2008

State to award top math and science students
Indiana's top high school students in math and science will be recognized with the Hoosier High School Math and Science Awards.
The Star Press
March 13, 2008

Top students get attention
Often focused on boosting the performance of its underachieving students, the city school district is planning to re-establish a program for its most gifted students that could begin as early as September.
The Times
March 12, 2008

City to open 5 elementary magnet schools this fall
Chicago will open five new elementary magnet schools this fall - along with a new regional center for gifted students
Chicago Sun Times
March 12, 2008

BPS responds to allegations leveled at district's Gifted and Talented Program
Bartlesville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary W. Quinn responded to a letter critical of the district's Gifted and Talented Program from State Department of Education Gifted and Talented Education Specialist Catherine Dunn.
News Examiner-Enterprise
March 11, 2008

Board of education narrowly passes controversial item
Bartlesville Public Schools Board of Education members voted four to three to authorize the superintendent to select appropriate staff and committees to study available research and consult a variety of sources for the purpose of developing an alternative strategy or strategies to the Wayside and Oak Park Elementary Enhanced Curriculum Classroom Pilot plans.
News Examiner-Enterprise
March 11, 2008

Wasted talents
State educators aren't keeping a close enough eye on gifted-student programs.
News Observer
March 10, 2008

Young, Gifted and Talented Students at Black Engineer of the Year Career Fair
More than 200 students in Baltimore City Public School System's Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) program participated in the pre-college career fair at the 22nd National Black Engineer of the Year Awards.
March 10, 2008

What do we want from our public schools?
Public education is the heart of American democracy. That everyone can get an education is something that should be protected and cherished.
Livingston Daily
March 10, 2008

Close call for 'gifted'; school board must show leadership
The surveys are in - and the results were razor-thin. By a 54-53 ratio, a group of Indian River County parents voted against instituting a full-time gifted program for their elementary-aged students.
TC Palm 
March 9, 2008

State letter critical of BPS Gifted and Talented program
Oklahoma State Department of Education Gifted and Talented Education Specialist Catherine Dunn reported significant violations of SDE rules on the part of Bartlesville Public Schools in a letter dated Feb. 27.
March 8, 2008

NPPS educators attended gifted conference
A special training grant provided funding for 10 educators from North Platte Public Schools to attend the Nebraska Association for the Gifted Annual Conference in Omaha Feb. 28 and 29.
North Platte Telegraph 
March 8, 2008

A Thumb On The Scale Of Education
Denver Colorado has been having issues with their magnet programs for gifted students these last few years. Their problem is one that is experienced nationwide, and unlike the problems with most public schools, it does not relate to poor performance.
Gather News
March 7, 2008

Beaverton talented students underserved by teachers, survey reports
While Beaverton has nearly twice the state's rate of talented and gifted students, the district has found its teachers are not provided adequate training or time to assess and instruct high achievers.
The Oregonian
March 6, 2008

'Acting Black' Hinders Gifted Black Student Achievement
Gifted black students often underachieve in school because of efforts to "act black," new research has found, offering insights into the achievement gap between black and white students in the United States and why black students are under-represented in gifted programs.
Ascribe News
March 6, 2008 Striking a balance in gifted program
More than 1,000 second-graders will get a new chance at more challenging classes if the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board revises its gifted program on Tuesday.
Charlotte Observer
March 6, 2008

Bowdoin College Blogging Buddies Give Middle-Schoolers a Virtual Mentor
When it's late at night, and middle school students are fast asleep, Helen Pu '10 switches on her computer and mentors them.
College News
March 6, 2008

Student urges more funding for gifted and talented programs in S.C. schools
It doesn't always take multimillion-dollar lobbying machines to sway votes.
Myrtle Beach News
March 6, 2008

Gifted students are often underserved, some say
They are considered the brightest and the best, but they're often the most underserved students in a community.
Toledo News
March 5, 2008

Gifted 14-year-old has put her life on fast forward
She has not yet blown out her 16 candles. She's too young to drive or vote. But Lauren Coker is a thriving college student.
MARCH 5, 2008

Gifted, talented and diverse, too
It's an obvious truth, but it deserves saying: Smart kids come from all demographics.
The Denver Post
March 4, 2008

Could gifted-education programs be in trouble?
State doesn't designate money specifically for such programs.
North County Journal
March 4, 2008

Reorganized Suffolk program teams gifted-resource and classroom teachers
With a basket on her arm, Susan Rawls slipped into a classroom as 26 fourth-graders stared back at her. She scooted to the front and grabbed a storybook: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
The Virginian-Pilot
March 4, 2008

Schools to add high-ability kindergarten in fall
A change in state law now requires schools to provide a comprehensive program for all high-ability -- formerly known as gifted and talented -- students from the time they enter school.
The Star-Press
March 4, 2008

School's in for gifted students
High School has embarked upon an ambitious program to challenge and extend student learning through the creation of a new class for gifted and talented students within the junior school.
South Coast Register
March 3, 2008

Rising above
Any parent with a smart child will tell you that his child is - most definitely! - gifted and talented.
Times Record News
March 2, 2008

Study smarts
Durango School District 9-R is undergoing a wholesale examination of how it educates gifted children, including why the district has so many gifted students.
Durango Herald
March 2, 2008

Coonley Elementary School gains designation as a regional gifted center
Coonley Elementary School has been designated a Chicago Public Schools regional gifted center, according to an announcement Friday by U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel's office.
Chicago Tribune
March 1, 2008