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Denver schools to begin race-based gifted and talented program.


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Dumbing down gifted and talent. Denver Schools initiates affirmative action for gifted and talented programs.

Since certain racial minority students never achieve “gifted” status in Denver schools, the school system is going to correct that by assigning points of “economic disadvantage” and non-ability to speak English!

(The Denver Post) – More minority and poor students in Denver are being classified as highly gifted under a new system that gives extra credit to children who are economically disadvantaged or nonnative English speakers.

Denver Public Schools is trying to fix a disparity in the program that serves its smartest and most talented students — which up until now has drawn mostly white students in a district that is mostly Latino.

“It’s a much more holistic look at the kid,” said Diana Howard, principal at Polaris at Ebert, the district’s sole elementary school for the highly gifted and talented. “I wanted this system to look at much more than test scores. This is going to have a huge impact.”

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