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Tomorrow's leaders are today's gifted; they are being ignored
In June, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released the results of two studies confirming what educators have suspected for some time: During the era of No Child Left Behind, America's gifted students have not made the same gains as lower-achieving learners.
August 31, 2008

Sometimes parent involvement can be way off-base, experts say?
To some, the story of Jericho Scott, the 10-year-old pitching sensation from New Haven who was told he couldn’t pitch, is an example of political correctness gone mad.
New Haven Register
August 30, 2008 

Elkhorn bus makes last stop
The final bus route to the fourth- through eighth-grade school for Gifted and Talented Education students was made Friday after a pay-to-ride system failed to attract enough riders, Principal Scott McGregor said.
The Record
August 30, 2008 

School district develops gifted-students program
Duxbury schools are juggling teacher training and community outreach as the district tries to develop a program for gifted students in the same year that it pilots the program at the Alden School.
The Duxbury Reporter
August 29, 2008

Pencils Ready…
The first big change in the district this year is the expansion of Project LEAP, Leominster's program for gifted-and-talented students.
Leominster Champ
August 29, 2008 

Challenging minds
Every parent thinks their child is smart, but if you truly believe your child is brilliant, it's a good idea to have him tested.
Calgary Herald
August 28, 2008 

NCLB Leaves Gifted Behind
A basic premise of education is that testing drives curriculum.
Town Talk News
August 27, 2008

Is your kid really gifted? Probably not
Did your child walk and talk early? Does she have a brain like a sponge?
CNN (from Parenting Magazine)
August 26, 2008 

No Nation Left Behind: An Interview with Charles Murray
My father always said that anyone who lived through John F. Kennedy’s assassination remembers what they were doing at the precise moment the president was shot.
August 26, 2008

Teaching the gifted and talented students
Over the last number of years, we have seen an increased focus on inclusive education.
Times & Transcript
August 26, 2008

Extra government cash for gifted children
Junior education minister Sharon Dijksma is to make €10m available for gifted primary school children, a spokesman confirmed to NOS on Sunday.
Dutch News
August 26, 2008

Lacson pushes bills for children’s rights
Rep. Jose Carlos Lacson (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said he has filed three bills aimed at boosting the rights and opportunities of Filipino children.
Daily Star 
August 25, 2008

Brainstorming program for the gifted and talented
A DEDICATED group of educators from New England schools, UNE and DET met recently to discuss the progress of an innovative online mentoring program to support gifted and talented students in regional NSW.
Northern Daily Leader
August 25, 2008

GATE Program Will Take the Road Less Traveled
Chesapeake's Gifted and Talented Education is getting an overhaul after the Chesapeake School Board voted in May to close the district's Laboratory for the Academically Gifted located in the Indian River Middle School annex building. 
The Virginian-Pilot
August 24, 2008

Parents praise Chandler gifted students program
Parents of gifted children are overwhelmingly pleased with the services their students receive in the Chandler Unified School District, according to a survey released last week.
East Valley Tribune
August 23, 2008

Welcome Weekend begins; UofL welcomes largest, most academically gifted class yet
The University of Louisville marks another milestone this weekend with the arrival of its largest freshman and most academically gifted class
University of Louisville
August 22, 2008

Wellesley's Hunnewell student receives special recognition from John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Wellesley Townsman
August 22, 2008

New school opened for gifted students in Hernando
Hernando County's gifted students now have a school they can call their own.
Bay News 9
August 21, 2008

Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality
Murray focuses on four simple, hard truths that are rarely discussed or even acknowledged by educators and politicians. The titles of the first four chapters correspond to these realities
AEI Book Release
August 21, 2008 

'Gifted' teacher sues Oak Hills district
A popular teacher who helped lead Oak Hills’ gifted and talented program has sued the district in federal court alleging she was demoted for speaking out.
Cincinnati Enquirer
August 20, 2008 

GATE participants worry over potential lost funding
The Gifted and Talented Education Program is one of the Guam Public School System programs that could lose federal funding because of U.S. Department of Education concerns.
Guam News
August 20, 2008

How to end the rule by public school
Victor Cockerill offers some proposals for making state education in Britain better and fairer.
August 19, 2008

County Reviews Gifted Program
Roughly 1 in 3 Guilford County schools that provide services for academically gifted students could not prove they were following a state-approved plan during the 2007-08 school year, according to the results of a district program review.
Greensboro News Record
August 19, 2008

Altoona steps up its gifted program
After numerous parent complaints about its gifted program, the Altoona Area School District is providing a new online program this school year and promoting testing to identify gifted students.
Altoona Mirror
August 19, 2008

Gifted student wins $25,000
Seventeen-year-old August Siena Thomas has been described as "profoundly gifted."
The Republican
August 18, 2008

County says issues with gifted classes are resolved
Roughly 1 in 3 Guilford County schools that provide services for academically gifted students  could not prove they were following a state-approved plan during the 2007-08 school year, according to the results of a district program review.
News & Record
August 18, 2008

New Utah County schools set to open
The center will serve gifted and talented students who may not be as challenged in other schools. Greg Hudnall, director of student services in Provo.
Daily Herald
August 18, 2008

Gifted student honored at council meeting
A Utica student was recently singled out by the National Association for Gifted Children for his participation both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Source
August 18, 2008

Gifted ed: Focus less on socialization
We wonder why our students are not measuring up to the world's top students from India and China. I think India and China sort out the gifted students early, sending them to special schools to achieve higher levels of learning in math and the sciences.
Des Moines Register
August 17, 2008

More pupils going to university is a good thing, says senior Tory
In a wide-ranging interview with the Standard, Mr Gove dismissed criticisms of the expansion in higher education in recent years.
Evening Standard
August 17, 2008

Changes to gifted program target minorities
The Keller school district’s gifted and talented program is expanding for the 2008-09 school year and making gains in targeting underserved populations.
The Keller Citizen
August 17, 2008 

Gifted classes deserve share of funds
Do we value our gifted students?
Clinton News
August 16, 2008

IPS students return to big changes
Next to Glendale Shopping Mall is the new Sidener Academy for high ability students.
Wish TV
August 14, 2008 

School Tries New Way to Teach Gifted 6th Graders
The system is trying to raise the standards for all students by eliminating a special program.
Providence Journal
August 13, 2008 

Connecticut College Denies Dorm Residency to 12-Year-Old Student
Although most children his age are entering the seventh grade this fall, 12-year-old Colin Carlson is getting ready to start his sophomore year of.
Next Student
August 11, 2008

Specialists awarded $1M grant
Specialists in the Washington County School District's Gifted and Talented Program  were awarded a $1 million Utah Teachers of American History grant for the second time in the past decade.
The Spectrum
August 10, 2008

Steer children toward education that best suits them
Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Philadelphia Inquirer 
August 10, 2008

Burmaster awards grants to support gifted and talented programs
Fourteen grants totaling $273,000 will help identify gifted and talented students and train their teachers to provide challenging programming to meet their needs.
The Daily Kenoshan
August 9, 2008 

Park City School District reevaluates gifted and talented program
Everybody's kid is a genius, but identifying students who are so gifted that they need special instruction can be a daunting task.
The Park Record
August 8, 2008

Moreno Valley teachers learn to tailor instruction to students during orientation
Not all students are alike.
The Press-Enterprise
August 8, 2008

Duneland Gifted and Talented program to undergo changes
It won’t be your mother’s Gifted and Talented (G/T) program anymore.
Chersterton Tribune
August 7, 2008

Saudi Aramco gives students chance to excel
With the energy of a pep rally and the emotion of a family farewell, students from Saudi Aramco’s Summer Gifted Program celebrated their achievements and demonstrated their newfound abilities on July 30 during an evening event in Dhahran.
Arab News 
August 6, 2008

Schools to be rated on student growth, not just CSAPs
Student growth in academic achievement from year-to-year will be a factor in rating the state's schools in 2009, according to Ridgway Superintendent Douglas Bissonette.
Ouray County News
August 6, 2008 

AIG parents worry anew
Parents of gifted youngsters in Johnston feel they are under attack again by the school system.
The Herald
August 6, 2008 

Three Clark County high school juniors to start at gifted and talented high school
Getting easy A’s isn’t the track Troy Crawford, James Hendrick and Dylan Wilder want to take.
News & Tribune
August 5, 2008

Gifted Program stays afloat, district sinks
Miss X is a teacher at Washington Elementary. I grew up with her in Rockford.
Rockford Register
August 3, 2008 

Helping kids do their job
EMPLOYEE WANTED: Must be skilled writer and proficient reader. Strong math and science skills also essential. Willingness to learn to read and write in a second language is strongly encouraged.
Denver Post
August 2, 2008 

U.S. Sen. Grassley: Gifted and Talented Education Provisions Included in Higher Education Bill that Clears Senate
Senator Chuck Grassley today said that provisions for gifted and talented education that he has pushed for were included in the Higher Education Authorization Bill that passed the Senate today.
Iowa Politics
August 1, 2008

Unprecedented Turnout For Explorer's 'Sneak Peek'
It was sort of like waiting in line for a new ride at a theme park.
Hernando Today
August 1, 2008 

Gifted girls stay in tune with nature
Maysaa Al-Khayyat has an idea for an eco-friendly mosquito repellant made from the Neem tree.
Arab News
August 1, 2008 

Help get a handle on homework
It's difficult to help your children with their homework when you don't understand the assignment yourself, and it's twice as hard to help when they won't even listen to you.
The Calgary Herald
August 1, 2008