HARRISBURG – Legislation that would require school districts to begin to compile information listing the number of gifted children has been introduced by Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny).
According to the proposal, the students would be captured in the school district’s weighted special education student headcount, which would allow additional compensation to school districts to fund gifted students.
In Pennsylvania, school districts are not compensated for gifted programs through the current special education formula.
“Public schools should meet the needs of all learners.” said Gaydos. “It is not only unfair to not provide adequate education for above average or gifted students, but it robs our children’s and nation’s future. Gifted students are invaluable to our schools as they create a learning environment where ideas are challenged and debated.”
There are many types of gifted education or acceleration. Many are very inexpensive to implement – early admission, grade-skipping or partial acceleration.
“A good gifted and talented program will keep and attract students,” said Gaydos.
House Bill 1110
has been referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.
Representative Valerie Gaydos
44th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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