Rise & Shine: Disparities persist in gifted and talented programs

Good morning. Welcome to Friday.

Colorado is doing a good job at getting gifted and talented programs into all its schools, but it's not doing nearly as good a job at making sure students of color have equal access to those programs. That's the finding from the Fordham Institute, which took a look at the "gifted gap" all around the country. As Ann Schimke reports, some area schools are taking steps to improve the situation.

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GIFTED GAP Colorado is one of just a few states to have gifted and talented programs in most high-poverty schools, but black and Hispanic students are still less likely to end up in those programs, a new study from the Fordham Institute finds. Chalkbeat

LEFT BEHIND A study in Tennessee looks at what happens to students in schools that lose top teachers when those leaders are recruited to turnaround schools. Chalkbeat

SPEAK NO EVIL The Southern Poverty Law Center says we do a terrible job teaching about slavery in the United States. The focus is on resistance and escape, not the violence and horror of slavery, while the role of white supremacy in shaping the country is ignored. The advocacy group reported its findings after talking to teachers and students and reviewing state standards and curriculum. EdWeek

TAKING A STAND A Lafayette middle school teacher was accused of assaulting a student who wouldn’t stand for the pledge of allegiance. She is on paid leave while the police investigate. Daily Camera

HOLDING PATTERN The Poudre Valley School District won an appeal in a prolonged court case that has held up a voter-approved bond program. It’s not quite over yet, though. Coloradoan

HOUSING DILEMMA As the Denver metro area gets more expensive, the idea of districts providing housing for teachers keeps coming up. But do housing incentives for teachers make good public policy? The evidence is largely anecdotal, this report found. Most teachers say they’d prefer to be paid more instead of getting subsidized housing, and recruiters say they rarely get questions about housing. EdWeek