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The Senate plan (SB 1046) to limit gifted education funding to kindergarten through eighth grade is picking up steam, as key House leaders plan to follow that lead.

"We are going to pick up that language from the Senate and do the same thing, and focus the weighted funding on K-8," House Schools and Learning Council chairman Joe Pickens told the Gradebook. "High schools in Florida just use AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) and dual enrollment and ACE (Access to College Education) programs for their rigorous curriculum, and they already get weighted funding for those."

To give them even more money for each student labeled gifted is unnecessary, he said.

Rep. John Legg, vice chairman of the Education Innovation and Career Preparation Committee, said the notion of gifted courses at the high schools has become almost a "non-issue" because students can take all the other high-level programs. The money could be better used in elementary and middle schools that have fewer alternatives, he added.

"We definitely need to look at this," Legg said. "They have a very valid point."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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