Kansas bill removing gifted students from special education dropped

A bill that would have made changes to gifted education has been abandoned after an outcry.

In dropping the effort Tuesday to remove references of gifted children from the category of special education, Rep. Sue Boldra said the idea was not to eliminate gifted programs.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Hays Republican said her goal was to separate them from special education.

The bill had been introduced Monday in the House Committee on Education and was similar to one that gifted-education advocates fought last year.

Concerns were raised that it could gut funding for gifted education and do away with protections that gifted students and their families have.

The president of the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented and Creative, Kelly Reynolds, said she was “delighted.”