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Federal Funding for Gifted Education On the Chopping Block -- Again

My colleagues over at Politics K-12 are blogging that the perenially endangered Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program has been stripped from the U.S. Department of Education's proposed budget.

This $7 million program provides grants to researchers looking for better ways to identify and teach gifted and talented children. President Bush tried repeatedly to eliminate the program, but it managed to survive.

Supporters say the federal program is needed to help identify ethnically and socioeconomically diverse gifted students, who otherwise might be overlooked by their school districts.

A favorable description of the Javits program can be found on the National Association for Gifted Children Web site here.

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