North Carolina Academically/Intellectually Gifted Programs
While I thought the legislative precedent for specialized attention to AIG students was the Leandro case (see my previous post, “A Sound, Basic Education), I’ve learned that North Carolina has actually had legislation governing gifted education since 1961. While gifted education suffers as one of the least-funded academic programs, North Carolina’s AIG coordination and curricula across the state have positioned North Carolina for high rankings in gifted education nationally, along with Texas.
The state’s role in influencing local gifted programs is crucial, primarily because the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 neither excludes nor includes gifted learners. Therefore, having state legislation to support gifted education initiatives is imperative. Article 9B states, “The General Assembly believes that public schools should challenge all students to aim for academic excellence.” This article captures the possibility of gifted children not reaching their full potential if they are not engaged by the learning process.
My research team is working on three projects simultaneously, but it looks like we will indeed meet our deadlines. We are in the second phase of examining teacher working conditions in the context of district and school transformation, and virtual public schools is also coming along.
Until next week,