Give gifted kids what they deserve
The Fordham Institute's recent report on gifted education didn't go unnoticed among leaders in Tallahassee.
"I agree with the underlying premise," said state Rep. John Legg, vice chairman of the House K-12 Committee. "The gifted kids are not getting the attention they deserve because the focus is being placed elsewhere. ... We're becoming the champions of mediocrity."
Legg tried to change Florida's gifted education laws so they would ensure all parents have equal access to information about course offerings and have all schools report how they spend their funding for gifted education. The National Association for Gifted Children applauded the effort behind HB 297, which died in what Legg called the "political crossfire of session."
He plans to revive the idea, noting it had bipartisan support in the House, at least. "It's the first bill I'm going to file if I get reelected," Legg told the Gradebook. "We've got it drafted and ready to go."