ERIC Number: ED419321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-15
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The Economic Health of Gifted Education in Three Northeastern States: An Analysis of Public School Opportunities and Private Programs in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Baker, Bruce D.
This report analyzes policy trends in gifted education in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from 1984 through 1994. The decrease in state funding of gifted education during this period is investigated, along with the rise of private and university gifted programs. Findings from the analysis indicated that gifted students possess few of the legal rights or privileges of other special populations and thus, gifted education funding continues to be disposable at the state or municipal level. Although the blame for cuts to gifted education has been placed on the "fiscal crisis", both Connecticut and New Jersey implemented their first major cuts to state-level funding against increases in general education expenditures that were six percent above inflation. In each case, these cuts resulted in significantly fewer pupils being served over time. School districts that suffered most from these cuts were lower economic-level districts or those districts more dependent on state support to keep their programs intact. The need for the development of state or federal level policies ensuring rights for gifted students is urged. Attached charts include information on per pupil expenditures to gifted pupils, the number of children identified, and the number of children receiving gifted education services. (Contains 35 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; New Jersey; New York