Shifting on gifted
The bill that has advocates for gifted education in an uproar got amended in the Florida Senate today. The amendment would cap funding for gifted high school students at this year's level, rather than eliminating the money for gifted education in high school altogether, as originally proposed. Bill sponsor Sen. Stephen Wise said he also would be asking the Legislature's auditing wing, OPPAGA, to look into how the gifted funding is being spent and whether high school students are "double dipping" by getting money for gifted and other special programs. The Senate still must have a final reading on the bill.
The House has yet to vote on its version of the bill. Several amendments have been filed, including one that would similarly cap high school gifted funding.
And handwringing among the advocates continues.