Advocates, parents in Mass. say gifted students need attention

09/21/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Gifted education is not a priority in Massachusetts, say some parents of and advocates for gifted children. The state ranked 50th in the amount of funding spent on teaching gifted students, according to the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education, and only six other states do not require or fund gifted education. Some education officials say core education must come first, particularly when faced with tight budgets. But advocates say gifted children need access to specialized instruction.

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