This spring (March 2011), GTAMC decided enough was enough, that a response was needed.
Challenge Every Child Petition on this website, calling on the MCPS Board of Education to:
- Continue the Grade 2 identification of gifted and talented students, and expand the use of formal instructional recommendations to include future grades
- Restore flexible homogeneous grouping of students with peers of similar ability and motivation in all local schools; and
- Develop, implement and monitor higher level curricula and benchmarks matched to the needs and abilities of gifted children.
- GTAMC President Fred Stichnoth published an analysis: MCEF/MCEA “NO LABELS, NO LIMITS!” CAMPAIGN:
Gifted and Talented Identification and Ability Grouping in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland).
- The Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) wrote a letter to the Board of Education opposing No Labels, No Limits.
In a little over a week and a half, the petition garnered over 750 signatures and compelling public comments.
The petition -- 723 signatures with comments, 109 pages long -- was submitted to the BOE and MCPS leadership at 1:00 pm on March 28 in preparation for the Board's meeting. That evening over 50 gifted education supporters, wearing green and carrying "Challenge Every Child" signs, came to the Carver building and joined an overflow crowd of parent advocates. GTA parent Lisa Silverberg, MCCPTA President Kristen Trible and MCCPTA GIfted Child Committee Chair Michelle Gluck offered strong testimony during the public comment period.
- MCCPTA Testimony to the BOE re Gifted and Talented
- Michelle Gluck MCCPTA GIfted Child Committee Chair testimony
- Lisa Silverberg March 28 BOE Testimony
GTA drew a line in the sand, put the MCPS Board of Education on notice and made a strong, public show of support for gifted education in the county.
Because it so effectively captures the experiences of MCPS parents, the petition -- now with over 800 signatures -- will remain open and be updated periodically.
To learn what your fellow MCPS parents think, READ -- and if you haven't done so already -- SIGN THE PETITION.
Let your voice be heard.