A Nevada school district’s plan to open an academy for highly gifted students was helped by a $600,000 federal appropriation this week, said a story in the Las Vegas Sun.
The Clark County district was awarded the largest amount of federal funding for gifted education purposes of any district in the country this year, but will probably still require more money to open the school, according to the article.
Gifted programs around the country are hurting because of tight budgets.
Nevada, like many other states, provides no funding for gifted education, leaving it up to local districts, the article said.The academy would be the first program in the district to group gifted students together, instead of pulling them out for special services at their neighborhood schools. It would serve highly gifted students in grades 6-12.
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.