Our district has established a required class for all 9th graders called 21st Century Learning Skills. This effectively eliminates our gifted program for ninth graders since it will take up an additional period of the school day. Can we use any gifted an
No. Because all 9th graders would not be identified as gifted and talented students, but all students are required to participate in the 21st Century Learning Skills program, none of the costs for that program would be allowable from gifted and talented funding. If the district offers no other programming to its identified 9th grade students beyond the regular curriculum, the district would have no expenditures that it could charge to the gifted and talented program for that grade level. If the district offers no other programming to its identified 9th graders, the district would also be noncompliant with Chapter 59 requirements in meeting the needs of identified ninth graders, which are to be met, and provided with the appropriate academic pace during the regular school day.