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Can parties compromise on funding for schools?
Gov. Ted Strickland and legislative Democrats want a complete overhaul of Ohio's school-funding system, but Republicans support the current system, designed when they ruled over Capitol Square.
The Columbus Dispatch
May 31, 2009 

District 300 considers cutting gifted program
To avoid deficit spending and asking the community for another referendum, a District 300 committee has recommended that the board cut its gifted education program, reduce the number of physical education classes for elementary students, and eliminate aides on preschool buses.
Northwest Herald 
May 31, 2009

Lee County's Academic All-Stars
Estero High School senior Garrett Farmer was in the second grade when he discovered he was capable of fifth-grade work.
May 31, 2009

Ohio Senate begins debate over deep budget cuts
The Ohio Senate Finance Committee has begun hearings on its pared down version of the state's proposed two-year budget.
May 30, 2009

$2 million grant aids Canterbury students
Canterbury School officials announced Thursday they had received a $2 million grant from an out-of-state foundation to provide scholarships for area students to attend the private school.
May 30, 2009 

Dallas ISD trustees vote to cut jobs at magnets, learning centers
The Dallas school board decided early Friday to make cuts at most magnet campuses and all learning centers. But school officials say they still do not know how many positions they will lose.
Denton Record-Chronicle
May 29, 2009

Gifted and talented face further reform - yet again
The national programme for the education of gifted and talented children is set for a complete overhaul just two years after the last one.
May 27, 2009

Help for gifted Saudi pupils
Nord Angliarecently clinched a contract to develop a Gifted and Able Education Programme at 50 schools in Saudi Arabia - the latest in a string of education deals won in the Middle East by British education specialists, designed to improve the region's schools.
The Financial Times
May 26, 2009

Learning difficulties and gifted children
It is often assumed that children with learning difficulties are slow but one in six of the gifted population suffers from hidden learning difficulties according to the keynote speaker at this year’s speld conference in New Plymouth in June.
The Scoop
May 25, 2009 

Monroe students earn trips to prestigious universities
Neville student Anna McMullen hardly contains her excitement as she talks about a summer learning experience that is still almost two months away.
The News-Star
May 25, 2009 

Gifted at giving: An 11-year-old buoys Oregon coast food bank
By the time Taylor Graham started school, he was already gifted at giving -- though it's doubtful anyone would have predicted by age 11, he would be the dynamo behind the biggest fundraiser the local food sharing agency has known.
The Oregonian
May 25, 2009

Two Huntington teachers sue district over their removal
Two longtime Huntington school district teachers are suing the district over their removal next year from positions in the program for gifted students.
May 24, 2009 

Top-notch middle schoolers achieve sparkling SAT scores
Twelve-year-old Vera Shipman of Newark figures she reads nearly a book a day, with the novels of J.K. Rowling and Meg Cabot among her favorites.
The Star Ledger
May 24, 2009

'Gifted of the gifted'
The Center for Talented Youth honors 98 students from Hawaii public and private schools and encourages them to soar even higher.
Star Bulletin
May 24, 2009

Gifted Girls Conceal Their Talents
Parents need to watch their daughters closely to work out whether they might be "gifted", experts say, because girls are far more likely than boys to deliberately "dumb down" to fit in with their friends.
Sunday Star Times
May 23, 2009 

Bexley parents lobby for gifted program, wave off cut in hours
At least one Maryland Elementary School parent breathed a sign of relief when she learned that there will be no cuts made to Maryland's gifted and talented education program.
Columbus Local News
May 23, 2009 

Rocco Baldelli: The Story of the Gifted Minded Athlete Gone to Hell
Let's start this article off by saying one thing.  Rocco Baldelli is not only athletically gifted, but pretty damn smart as well.
Bleacher Report
May 23, 2009

Gifted is becoming not-so-gifted in Houston
Listening to Your Mix in the Morning last week, I heard many a caller complain about the mainstreaming of special education students in public schools.
The Telegraph
May 22, 2009

'Gifted' memories and some advice
Grown-ups, get lost. This one's for the kids, particularly the 91 kids who qualify for D303's planned gifted magnet middle school program.
St. Charles Sun
May 21, 2009

Shuffling gifted teacher hurts Booker program
I am writing to express my dismay about the changes in the Gifted Academy at Sarasota County's Booker Middle School.
Herald Tribune (Letter)
May 21, 2009

Pre-K kids mightgo to Barrow St., not to Balducci’s
The Department of Edu-cation was negotiating with Greenwich House last week for space that could temporarily relieve the overcrowding that has resulted in a waiting list for kindergarten seats in Greenwich Village’s two public elementary schools in September.
The Villager
May 20, 2009

New program at MVHS aims to help gifted students
Approximately 200 of the nearly 1,700 students at Mountain View High School, nearly 12 percent of the student population and more than five times the national average, are designated eligible for the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program.
Los Altos Town Crier
May 20, 2009

Advocates Fear for Imperiled Education Programs
Although some of the dozen education programs President Barack Obama is proposing to eliminate in his fiscal 2010 budget have been on the chopping block before, Congress has always restored their funding in the past.
Ed Week
May 20, 2009

Special programs to be developed for gifted kids
The Grande Prairie and District and Catholic Schools will develop a gifted and an excellence program for the 2009-2010 school year.
Herald Tribune
May 19, 2009

Academic Resource Center hosts evening of remembrance, goodbyes
The room buzzed with memories. And for many, they were glad to give one last goodbye to the Academic Resource Center, a small school geared toward gifted children that's closing because of budget cuts.
Tallahassee News
May 19, 2009

Pressure is on to establish gifted magnet school
With unanimous approval by the School Board coming last week, School District staff must start turning plans for a gifted magnet middle school into reality quickly.
St. Charles Sun
May 20, 2009

Unique SMART Center answers call for math, science emphasis
The answer to more math and science for young people can be found behind the doors of Steppingstone School for Gifted Education in Farmington Hills.
The Mirror
May 19, 2009

Young Lynx Player Joining WNBA Also Skipped Grades
When the Minnesota Lynx open their season on June 6, one of their players will make history.
May 19, 2009

Drury teams with Duke to honor gifted students
The Drury Center for Gifted Education and Pre-College Programs, in conjunction with the Duke University Talent Identification Program, will honor some of Missouri’s most promising young scholars at a recognition ceremony on Friday, at 11 a.m. in Weiser Gymnasium.
May 19, 2009 

FM school board receives new budget
Fort Morgan’s Board of Education received a preliminary 2009-10 budget Monday that Mike Lee, the school district’s chief financial officer, said will be subject to further analysis, projections and multiple changes before approval.
The Fort Morgan Times
May 18, 2009

Homeschooling and talented children
As homeschooled children grow older and begin to focus on the things they love to do, the question inevitably arises:  What do you do when your child is truly talented?
May 18, 2009 

Budget cuts threaten to close GATE
Haftley Elementary School eighth-grader Brittany Johnston said she is looking forward to a high school career full of Advanced Placement courses before heading off to college.
The Record
May 18, 2009

2009 graduate will pursue a biochemistry degree at Stanford
At 17, Tony Tzeng has overcome obstacles that few will ever experience. His perseverance, however, molded him into a soft-spoken, humble person with a bright future.
The Advertiser
May 17, 2009

Gifted student feels alone among her average friends
I am 12 and in seventh grade. I have the highest GPA of my six close friends. Sometimes they call me "Freaky Genius Girl."
Times and Transcript
May 16, 2009

Gate kids are working toward robotic future
Future rocket scientists from the Gifted and Talented in Education program at La Contenta Middle School are getting an early start on their careers.
Hi-Desert Star
May 16, 2009 

To kindergarten shutouts, top schools official says, “I’m sorry”
Anyone who stayed until the bitter end of a three-hour meeting last night about kindergarten waitlists in Manhattan got a surprise: an uncharacteristic apology from a top DOE official.
Gotham Schools
May 15, 2009

Students Must Retake Lost Gifted Tests
An estimated 60 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will have to be retested for the city’s Gifted and Talented programs, after their tests were lost.
New York Times
May 15, 2009

Bullied boys: Why bright lads are being picked on
More than half of young people in Britain are affected by bullying – and studious pupils, especially boys, are the most vulnerable.
The Independent 
May 15, 2009 

Mawhiba Reaches New Heights in Saudi Arabia and the Arab World
A unique contact centre has been launched in Saudi Arabia to support MAWHIBA in enhancing service levels and increasing efficiencies.
May 14, 2009 

Lamar honors Dorothy Sisk as 2009 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer
Lamar University has honored Dorothy Sisk, professor of professional pedagogy, as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2009.
Lamar University
May 14, 2009 

Gifted Tests Missing on Upper West Side
Call in the bloodhounds: Some 60 tests for the city’s Gifted and Talented programs, taken by pre-kindergartners and kindergartners at Public School 9 on the Upper West Side, went missing, angering parents who are concerned that they will not get the scores in time to visit the programs for which their children qualify.
New York Times
May 14, 2009 

Missouri is leaving gifted kids behind
"Missouri gifted program pinched" (May 8) reported possible impending financial cuts in both the Missouri Scholars Academy Program and The Fine Arts Academy Program.
St. Louis Today
May 13, 2009

D303 to start middle school magnet program
Middle-school students who academically are in the top 3 percent in Community Unit School District 303 will now be able to attend classes designed to keep them challenged.
The Courier News
May 13, 2009 

School district wrestles with budget deficits
Spending on arts and music, and gifted and talented programs, among others, may be reallocated to cover necessary expenses. Also, the board of education approves funding for the traffic and safety plan at Malibu High.
Malibu Times
May 13, 2009

School board takes cuts to 4K, gifted and talented program off the table
The Oshkosh school board is expected to set in stone Wednesday a modified budget reconciliation plan with few differences from one approved a week before three new members were seated.
The Northwestern
May 12, 2009

The Essential Guide to Growing Up Gifted, Now Revised and Updated
Being a young gifted student in today's world is different in many ways from 20-plus years ago when THE GIFTED KIDS' SURVIVAL GUIDE: FOR AGES 10 & UNDER was first published.
PR Web
May 12, 2009

Saturday program for gifted students announces a new summer edition
The Programs for Talented Youth is now accepting applications for Summer/Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young, a new summer edition of the successful SAVY Saturday program.
VU Cast
May 11, 2009

It’s important to support our brightest
I recently attended a high school academic celebration where I was greatly impressed by the caliber of students being recognized, right here in western Wisconsin.
Jackson County Chronicle
May 11, 2009

Kelsey Ladt: A UK graduate at 14
Two professors of medicine at the University of Kentucky looked out an office window into an open courtyard two years ago to see a student staring straight up, transfixed by something.
Lexington Herald Leader
May 11, 2009

Gifted kids 'fit in' at special school
A happy, healthy childhood where five-year-olds can learn at their local school is what every parent wants for their children.
Auckland City News
May 9, 2009

Missouri Legislature slashes funding for gifted student programs
About 330 juniors from high schools around the state settle into University of Missouri dorms in Columbia each summer for an intense, three-week experience.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 8, 2009

Gifted education
Below the jump is the full text of my letter to the editor of the Baton Rouge Advocate, which was published in Tuesday's editions.
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2009 

Parents Protest School Waiting Lists
They came with black balloons, chanting “Build more schools.” They came carrying signs reading “Hey, Mike — we’re parents and we vote,” and “Child left behind.”
New York Times
May 8, 2009

Obama's $3.5-Trillion Budget Has Cuts Affecting Nonprofit Groups
President Obama’s proposed $3.5-trillion federal budget for 2010 asks Congress to eliminate or reduce spending on 121 current programs, which would save nearly $17-billion. The cuts could affect many nonprofit organizations.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
May 7, 2009

Davidson Academy at UNR graduates 1st class
The Davidson Academy for profoundly gifted students in Reno is celebrating a milestone this week with its first graduating class.
AP News
May 7, 2009

Marlborough proponents of K-3 gifted and talented program want plan
The school department should have a plan in place if it ends up cutting part of the gifted and talented program, one of its staff members told the Curriculum Subcommittee yesterday.
Metro West
May 7, 2009 

Helping the gifted
Ways to get gifted children to reach their full potential.
The Star
May 6, 2009

How to raise a two-year-old genius
It may sound like a blessing if your toddler is accepted into Mensa, but parents of gifted kids say nurturing them can be 'the biggest challenge in the world'
Globe & Mail
May 5, 2009

Publicity helps fuel growth in NYC gifted programs
Nearly 50% more New York City children qualified for gifted kindergarten programs this fall, school officials said Monday.
New York Times
May 5, 2009

For gifted kids, a real world lesson
The presentation on the Maryland Blue Crab was hardly a beginner's jimmy-versus-sally explanation.
Delmarva Now
May 4, 2009 

Keep school for gifted strong
Angie Drobnic Holan, a friend and fellow graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, recently won a Pulitzer Prize for her work at the St. Petersburg Times.
The Advocate
May 4, 2009 

Does Hard Work Translate Into Genius?
When trying “to picture how a typical genius might develop” in a young writer, David Brooks doesn’t mention the most important part: substance.
New York Times
May 4, 2009 

Birchwood School has earned a reputation as the best little private school
Twenty-five years ago, Charles and Helene Debelak did what a lot of other teachers talk about doing . . . someday.
The Plain Dealer
May 4, 2009

NU summer programs expand for gifted kids
The summer before entering high school, Lara Kubilius enrolled in a Youth and Society class at the Center for Talent Development, Northwestern's summer enrichment program for gifted children.
Daily Northwestern
May 2, 2009 

Higley offering program for gifted students
Shawna Meek moved her son, Connor, out of the Higley Unified School District after first grade because he wasn’t getting challenged and needed a better fit.
East Valley Tribune
May 1, 2009

10 teacher positions, Gifted & Talented program restored to School District Budget
With the Silver Stage High School commons area almost full--primarily with teachers and other Lyon County School District staff--the Lyon School Trustees approved actions related to the district's budget that took some of the sting out of proposed budget cuts related to personnel.
May 1, 2009

Britain's cleverest two-year-old with an IQ to challenge Einstein
Elise Tan Roberts, who was walking at eight months, can recite the phonetic alphabet and knows the capital of nearly every country. At two years, four months and two weeks old, she is the youngest member of Mensa.
Evening Standard
May 1, 2009