Op-ed: Baltimore Sun Urges MD to Support Top Students with Need

Mandate gifted programs

By Lisette Morris, Harold Levynews-BaltimoreSunLogo
April 23,2015
The Baltimore Sun

After U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced plans to retire in 2016, advocates for high-performing students sang her praises for her steadfast support of federal initiatives to boost programming for academically gifted, low-income learners, and with it, the likelihood that they will fulfill their exceptional potentials.

State leaders, however, haven’t performed similarly well for this group of children, despite the frequent conversation in Annapolis about supporting high achieving, low income students. According to a new study by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Economically Vulnerable Academically Talented Students, Maryland received a “C” grade for its state-level policies aimed at fostering student talents and a “C+” for student outcomes.

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