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From the ECS State Policy Database
Special Populations--Gifted and Talented


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State Status/Date Level Summary
COSigned into law 06/2014P-12Gifted Education Programs
H.B. 1102
Encourages each administrative unit to adopt a gifted education program that can be implemented within the local, state, and federal moneys or resources available. Prohibits an administrative unit from refusing state or federal moneys for implementing a progra...

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DESigned into law 07/2013P-12Establishes Standards for Identifying Gifted Students
H.J.R. 13
Continues work of the Gifted and Talented Task Force regarding further study of gifted and talented programs. Directs the Department of Education to collaborate with stakeholders to promulgate regulations concerning development, implementation and evaluation o...

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CTSigned into law 07/2013Postsec.Teacher Preparation - Instruction on Gifted and Talented
H.B. 5423
Requires candidates in teaching preparation programs that lead to professional certification to complete training in the awareness and identification of the unique learning style of gifted and talented children. Requires all teaching preparation programs that ...

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MOSigned into law 07/2013P-12Advisory Council on Education of Gifted and Talented Children
S.B 17
Creates the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. The Commissioner must seek the advice of the council regarding all rules and policies to be adopted by the State Board of Education relating to the education of gifted and talented ...

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DESigned into law 06/2013P-12Accelerated Learning Grants
S.B. 27
Authorizes the Department of Education, pending available funds, to offer competitive two year start-up grants to public schools for the purpose of developing new programs for students capable of performing accelerated academic work.
http://legis.delaware.gov/...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Credit by Examination
S.B. 1365
Clarifies that provisions requiring a student to be in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered to receive course credit do not apply to a student who receives credit by examination. Requires local board to approve for each subject, to the ...

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PAAdopted 05/2013P-12Special Education for Gifted Students
H.R. 139
(Resolution) Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of the status of special education for gifted students.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=R...

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COSigned into law 03/2013P-12District Academic Acceleration Policies
H.B. 1023
Defines academic acceleration as allowing a student to progress through an education program faster or at a younger age than the student's peers. Directs each local education provider to review its academic acceleration procedures, including but not limited to...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Identification of Gifted and Talented Pupils
A.B. 2491
From bill summary: Requires the state board, upon the next revision of criteria for programs for gifted and talented pupils proposed by applicant school districts, to adopt a standard for pupil identification
to ensure the identification procedures of an appli...

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MOSigned into law 07/2012P-12Gifted Education
S.B. 599- Gifted Education
School districts must include in their annual school accountability report card whether the school district currently has a state-approved gifted education program and the percentage and number of students being served by the program. http://www.senate.mo.gov...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12STEM Schools
S.B. 316 - STEM Schools
Amends procedures for STEM committee awarding of grants to establish STEM schools. Permits the committee to authorize the establishment of a group of STEM schools operating from multiple facilities in one or more school districts under the direction of a singl...

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ILAdopted 05/2012P-12Urging Congressional Passage of Talent Act
H.J.R. 51
Urges Congress to pass the Talent Act as either a separate act or an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or another Act of Congress. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/97/HJR/PDF/09700HJ0051lv.pdf...

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MESigned into law 05/2012P-12Gifted and Talented Students
H.P. 1284- Gifted and Talented
Part H reinstates the statutory requirement for school administrative units to operate education programs for gifted and talented students. It repeals outdated language related to funding and clarifies that approved gifted and talented education program costs ...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12ACCEL (Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning) Options
H.B. 7059 - ACCEL (Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning) Options
Establishes legislative intent that students have access to academically challenging coursework or accelerated instruction. Defines Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) options as educational options providing academically challengin...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Charter School Administrative Fee
H.B. 5101 - Charter School Administrative Fee
From bill analysis: Reduces the 5% charter school administrative fee charged by school districts for schools that have an exceptional student enrollment that is 75% or greater of the total school enrollment. Bases the fee for affected schools on unweighted FTE...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Gifted and Talented Coordinators
H.B. 153 - Gifted and Talented Coordinators
Permits any person assigned to a school as a principal or any other position to also serve as the district's gifted education coordinator, if qualified to do so pursuant to state board of education rules. Page 407 of 1000: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/Bi...

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ORSigned into law 06/2011P-12Gifted and Talented
S.B. 3
Modifies terminology in education statutes from "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability" for persons with intellectual disability. Requires individualized education programs to use new terminology. Authorizes Legislative Counsel to substitute "intelle...

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ORSigned into law 06/2011P-12Task Force on Instruction of Talented and Gifted Children
S.B. 330
Establishes the Task Force on Instruction of Talented and Gifted (TAG) Children, to be appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Directs task force to determine resources needed to provide TAG instruction, appropriate level of funding, potential f...

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ORTo governor 06/2011P-12Gifted Programs
H.B. 2180
Requires school district to submit written plan of instruction for talented and gifted children to
Superintendent of Public Instruction. Allows superintendent to approve plan only if plan is submitted
as part of application for state funds.
http://www.leg.stat...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12Funds for Gifted Children
H.B. 200 - Funds for Gifted Children
Directs the state board to allocate an additional $1,192.90 per academically or intellectually gifted child for fiscal year 2011-2012 and $1,192.90 per child for fiscal year 2012-2013. Requires that a local school administrative unit receive funds for a maximu...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12Tuition Charge for Governor's School
H.B. 200 - Tuition Charge for Governor's School
Removes requirement that the state board implement a $500 tuition charge for students attending the Governor's School of North Carolina. Replaces with provision permitting the state board to implement a tuition charge (dollar amount not specified) to cover the...

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NVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Finance
S.B. 38
Authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to deduct from, withhold from or otherwise make adjustments to the quarterly apportionments paid to a school district, charter school or university school for profoundly gifted pupils if the required report h...

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COSigned into law 03/2011P-12Gifted and Exceptional Students
H.B. 1077
Revises policies and practices for identifying and serving gifted students and students with disabilities.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/1A5CF1E8E715B76F8725780800801246?Open&file=1077_enr.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 02/2011P-12Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program
S.B. 1 - Section 53A-17a-165
Repeals references to the gifted and talented program and the Advanced Placement program; creates new Enhancement for Accelerated Students Program. Directs the state board of education to distribute funds appropriated for the Enhancement for Accelerated Studen...

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FLSigned into law 04/2010P-12Accelerated High School Graduation Options
S.B. 4 - Sec. 5
Requires each high school to advise each student of programs through which a high school student can earn college credit, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certificate of Education, dual enrollment cour...

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UTSigned into law 03/2010P-12Programs Funded At or Below $10,000 in a District
H.B. 149 - Section 3
Adds Section 53A-17a-105.5. Defines "qualifying program" as (1) the at-risk flow through program; (2) the homeless and disadvantaged minority students program [both created in 53A-17a-121]; (3) the gifted and talented program; (4) the advanced placement progra...

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IDSigned into law 03/2010P-12Gifted
H.B. 579
New section entitled Encouragement of Gifted Students. If a student completes any required high school course with a grade of C or higher before entering ninth grade, if that course meets the same standards that are required in high school, if the course is ta...

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MSSigned into law 03/2010P-12Due Process Hearings
H.B. 626
Repeals a section of existing law which provides for a due process hearing regarding an exceptional child's identification, evaluation, or educational placement.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2010/pdf/HB/0600-0699/HB0626SG.pdf...

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NVSigned into law 02/2010P-12Finance
A.B. 5B
Provides a temporary waiver for the biennium to each school district, charter school and university school for profoundly gifted pupils from the minimum expenditure requirements for textbooks, instructional supplies, instructional software and instructional ha...

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NVRule Adoption 10/2009P-12Gifted students
NAC 386, 387
Establishes provisions governing finances and budgets of charter schools and university schools for profoundly gifted pupils.
www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/CHAPTERS.HTMl...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12"Twice-Exceptional" Students
H.B. 900
Requires the Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities and the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children to research and discuss best practices for addressing the needs of children who are gifted and talented and h...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Performance Indicators
H.B. 1 - Section 3302.01 and 3302.02
Partially from the DOE summary of H.B. 1:
3302.01: Amends performance index score to reflect combination of reading and writing tests into one English language arts test.
3302.02: Eliminates the requirement that there be a minimum of 17 performance indicators...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12G+T and Retaining Quality Teachers
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part VII (Gifted and Talented and Retaining Quality Educators)
Creates Section 39.236, "Gifted and Talented Standards." Directs the commissioner to adopt standards to evaluate district gifted and talented programs to determine whether programs are in accordance with the Texas Performance Standards Project or another commi...

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INSigned into law 05/2009P-12Programs for High-Ability Students
H.B. 1289 - Section 2
Amends provision requiring school boards to develop local plans to provide appropriate educational experiences to high ability students in grades K-12. Requires plans to include best practices to increase the number of participants in high ability student prog...

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NVSigned into law 05/2009P-12Textbooks, Gifted
A.B. 429
Relates to school districts; revises provisions governing the required minimum expenditures for textbooks, instructional supplies and instructional hardware; includes instructional software within such provisions; requires the Department of Education to determ...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12Gifted and Talented Young Children
H.B. 1021
Amends the definition of gifted children to include children who are 4 years of age; permits an administrative unit to include in its program plan provisions to identify and serve gifted children who are 5 years of age and for whom early access to kindergarten...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12High-ability Student Initiative Program
S.B. 2 - Section 23
Establishes the High-ability Student Initiative Program to provide resources for educators to enhance the academic growth of high-ability students.

Provides program components, including:
(1) Personnel under the direction of the state board of education and s...

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ORSigned into law 03/2008P-12Talented and Gifted Support
S.B. 1066A
Allows the Department of Education to expend moneys from the School Fund for support of talented and gifted education; allows department to contract for creation and administration of regional talented and gifted centers; removes limit on percentage of amount ...

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NYAdopted 08/2007P-12Summer Academies and Teacher Professional Development for Middle Grades Math and Science
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.14 and 100.15
Establishes criteria for the award of grants for the Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Establishes criteria for the award of grants for summer institutes for mathematics and science teachers in grades 5-8. Effective November 15,...

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COSigned into law 06/2007P-12Gifted & Talented Programs
H.B. 1244
Requires a school district, a board of cooperative services, and the state charter school institute to serve every gifted child; requires the administrative units to develop and implement a program for the education of gifted children; requires each administra...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Profoundly Gifted Pupils at University Schools
A.B. 567
Revises provisions governing the Nevada plan and the apportionments and allowances from the state distributive school account to include pupils who are enrolled in a university school for profoundly gifted pupils. Revises provisions governing employment of unl...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Acceleration of Gifted and Talented Students
H.F. 2245 [Gifted and Talented]
Requires that school districts adopt procedures for the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students. These procedures must include how the district will: (1) assess a student's readiness and motivation for acceleration; and (2) match the level, compl...

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INSigned into law 04/2007P-12High Ability Programs
S.B. 408
Changes references from gifted and talented to high ability. Changes the criteria for awarding grants to school corporations for high ability programs. Requires a school corporation to establish a program for high ability students, and sets forth requirements ...

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HIAdopted 04/2007P-12Programs for High-Achieving Students
S.R. 45
Asks the Hawaii Department of Education to develop a comprehensive plan to promote opportunities for high achievement with the goal of 20% of public school students enrolling in gifted and talented programs, honors classes, advanced placement courses, Internat...

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NJIssued 09/2006P-12Modifies the Governor's School Board of Overseers
E.O. 35
(Executive Order 2006-35) Continues and modifies the Governor's School Board of Overseers that oversees the Governor's School Program, which identifies high school students with high scholastic promise and matches them with intensive summer programs at New Jer...

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KSSigned into law 04/2006P-12Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science
S.B. 139
Establishes the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science as either:
(1) An accelerated residential, or on-line distance learning program for Kansas high school-age pupils who are academically talented in science and mathematics; or
(2) a rigorous, two-year ...

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KYSigned into law 03/2006P-12Advancing Kindergarten-Age Students to First Grade
S.B. 35
Clarifies that a school district may advance a child through the primary program if he or she is at least five but less than six years old; allows the child to be classified as other than a kindergarten student for purposes of funding if the student is determi...

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KYAdopted 02/2006P-12High School Graduation Requirements
704 KAR 3:305 (section 2 and 4)
Section 2: Effective with the Class of 2012: Requires 3rd unit of math to be completed in Algebra II and bars student from receiving math credit for prealgebra course (prealgebra may be applied toward elective credit). Requires 3 units of science to be lab-ba...

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LAAdopted 12/2005P-12Special Education Course Codes
LAC 28:CXV.2333, 2355, 2364 and 2369
Establishes new special education course codes that will allow students with disabilities and gifted and talented students to earn Carnegie units and it will allow districts to track the courses in which the students are enrolled.
AGENCY CONTACT: Nina A Ford,...

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NMRule Adoption 09/2005P-12Special Education Rules
NMAC 6.31.2, 6.11.2
Amends rules relating to special education and children with disabilities as well as gifted children. Relates to the rights and responsibilities of the Public Schools and of the students. NEW MEXICO REG 4351 (SN)...

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ILSigned into law 08/2005P-12Gifted and Talented Programs
H.B. 881 -- Gifted and Talented Programs
Sets forth requirements concerning gifted and talented programs. Provides definition of "gifted and talented children." Establishes non-discrimination provisions. Establishes requirements for local programs regarding identification methods and procedures, appe...

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NYRule Adoption 07/2005P-12Extension in Gifted Education of a Teaching Certificate
Title 8 NYCRR 52.21(b)(4)(v), 80-4.1(a)(2), 80-4.3(d)
Amends regulations to clarify and strengthen the education requirements for the extension of a teaching certificate in gifted education to better align with the competencies tested in the teacher certification examination for this extension as articulated in t...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Gifted and talented funding
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
Gifted and talented revenue for each district equals $4 times the district's adjusted marginal cost pupil units for fiscal year 2006 and $9 for fiscal year 2007 and later. A school district must reserve gifted and talented revenue and, consistent with section...

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ILSigned into law 07/2005P-12Gifted and Talented
S.B. 223
Changes certain references from recognition by the state board to approval by the state board. Provides that a local program for the education of gifted and talented children must use a minimum of 3 assessment measures used to identify gifted and talented chil...

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NVSigned into law 06/2005P-12University school for profoundly gifted pupils; definition of "profoundly gifted"
S.B. 461
Provides for the enrollment of certain pupils in a university school for profoundly gifted pupils in lieu of enrolling in the schools that such pupils are otherwise scheduled to attend.

A university school for profoundly gifted pupils will determine the elig...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12Special Education
S.B. 1072
Specifies that "child with a disability" does not mean a child who has difficulty in writing, speaking or understanding the English language due to an environmental background in which a language other than English is primarily or exclusively used. Deletes lan...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Governor's Scholar Program
S.B. 134
Authorizes Governor's Scholars Program, Inc. to manage and operate the Governor's Scholars Program and hire, fire, and manage personnel, including the executive director. Transfers the Governor's Scholars Program from the Education Cabinet to the Governor's Of...

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SDSigned into law 02/2005P-12Gifted Children Education
H.B. 1063
Repeals the requirement that the state board establish standards for gifted and talented educational programs; appeals procedures involving identification, placement or program; and criteria for identification (13-33-17). [Historical note: state funding for gi...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Gifted and Talented Programs
S.P. 538 (LD 1577) (omnibus bill)
Eliminates language basing grant funds for gifted education programs on "$2 of state matching funds for each $1 of funds appropriated by the school administrative unit." Replaces with requirement that grants for gifted education programs be made based on depa...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Education Definitions and Programs
S.P. 538
This bill does the following:
1. It adds "emotional disability" to the definition of "exceptional student" in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A,
section 7001;
2. It adds "undue burden" as a requirement concerning requests for extension of leased space a...

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TNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Creates A Special Joint Study Committee To Review
H.J.R. 75
Creates a special joint study committee to review Tennessee Board of Education rules and regulations regarding intellectually gifted students....

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MDSigned into law 05/2003P-12Definition of Gifted and Talented Students
H.B. 307
Expands the definition of artistically gifted and talented student from including one who has "outstanding abilities" in the creative, visual or performing arts to one one who either has outstanding abilities in the area of talent and performing, or shows the ...

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INSigned into law 03/2002P-12Exceptional Learners
S.B. 292
Deletes requirement that Education Roundtable include representative of "special education." Requires the Education Roundtable to include a representative of education programs for "exceptional learners." Establishes definition of "exceptional learners" as bot...

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WASigned into law 03/2002P-12Highly Capable Students
H.B. 2748
Requires the state superintendent to monitor programs for the education of highly capable students. http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2001-02/House/2725-2749/2748_sl_04022002.txt...

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NJSigned into law 01/2002P-12Commission on Programs for Gifted Students
S.B. 2429
Establishes the New Jersey Commission on Programs for Gifted Students; appropriates funds. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2000/Bills/S2500/2429_R1.PDF...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Financing Gifted and Talented Education
A.B. 2313
Revises the method of apportioning funds for the gifted and talented program so that each participating school district receives a per-pupil amount based on average daily attendance, determined as specified. Removes certain restrictions on the use of funds for...

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12
Postsec.
Honors Grant Program
A.B. 2613
Establishes the Honors Grant Program under which a high school would design and implement a plan that would result in its pupils having access to at least four honors courses; requires the superintendent of public instruction to administer a grant program, as ...

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MDSigned into law 04/2000P-12Gifted and Talented Programs
H.B. 572
Establishes the Commission on Funding and Services for Gifted and Talented Student Education; provides that the commission shall review the status of funding and services for gifted and talented students in major academic areas, the arts and leadership and mak...

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VASigned into law 04/2000P-12Gifted Education Consortium
S.B. 654
Relates to the Virginia Gifted Education Consortium; extends the expiration of the provisions of the act to 01/01/03; relates to the recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Educational Needs of Certain Underserved Gifted Students....

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VASigned into law 04/2000P-12Gifted Education Pilot
H.B. 1406
Relates to Gifted Education Pilot Program; extends the expiration date on the provisions of the act to July 1, 2003....

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