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Sep 29, 2009 5:31 PM by Megan Schiering

The Rant: Gifted and Talented Programs Could be in Jeopardy

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Louisiana's Special Education Administrators have sent a request the State Board of Education to remove gifted and talented funding from special education. If they approve the request it would leave the service to be funded locally.

"It's unbelievable, this is the one thing that Louisiana does right," said parent, Edie Riedel.

The groups theory is that bright students don't need special classes.

"My response to that is, it's like saying a football player doesn't need to wear pads in the game," said retired teacher, Melinda Mangham.

Melinda Mangham taught gifted and talented classes at Lafayette High School for 19 years. Mangham says when the program first started she had 23 seniors enrolled and now there is well over 130.

Parishwide there is currently 1600 students in the gifted and talented program.

The Lafayette Parish School District said Monday they don't have any intention of cutting their gifted and talented programs.

Meantime, the BESE board will vote on this issue in October or November.

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