If some of the students going to a math tournament are g/t-identified students, can their registration fees, lunch and transportation come from the gifted and talented funding?
No. The gifted programming funding is not attached to events in which the identified student participates, rather it is available to provide for specific opportunities where regular programming/curricular opportunities are not adequate to meet identified needs beyond what the school offers. If this learning opportunity is open to other math students (regular program). then participation in the event is to be funded through the school's general fund for all of the students that participate. If this learning opportunity is being made available to meet identified students' needs beyond what the school offers to other students, and this is the only way the identified student will be challenged during their academic day, then gifted programming funding would be used (as there would be no other way to educate these students at their level of ability through the regular program). Only identified students would be participating in these events and not other math students (regular program). Appropriate expenditures from g/t funding are those that meet all of the following criteria:
- meet the needs of K-12 identified students,
- are beyond those provided by the regular school program,
- are necessary to provide the services listed on the gifted student's individualized plan.
Any other expenditures not directly related to providing the gifted and talented program beyond the scope of the regular classroom would be inappropriate.