What are the guidelines for instructional staff paid from the gifted and talented budget?Gifted funding is to be used in response to needs of identified students beyond the regular school program. The endorsed gifted teacher (July 2012 see attachment endorsement) is responsible for the Chapter 12 requirements of the school district (see attachment Iowa Code Admin Rule). so the portion of their salary that they are employed as responsible for the program can be used. As noted in gifted endorsement language. â€œTeachers in specific subject areas will not be required to hold this endorsement if they teach in their respective endorsement areas.â€ These specific subject teachers (mathematics. sciences. social sciences. art. music. etc.) are expected to be able to teach the grade levels and expectations of students at their endorsed level (elementary. secondary or K-12).