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Gifted Education & Legislators: Working Together for Mississippi's Future

2015 MAGC Day at the Capital, Jackson, MS

Gifted students, parents, and teachers visited the Capital on January 27 to thank legislators for supporting gifted education opportunities in the state. Government officials pictured with students include Senator Simmons, Representative Straughter, and Representative Clark. Also pictured: Carol Paola, MAGC Executive Director, and Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair.                                        

Gifted students from Humphreys County with Senator Willie Simmons. Senator Simmons took time to answer questions about educational funding, legislative redistricting and other issues. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

 

Representative Straughter took students on a brief tour of the House of Representatives Chamber floor. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

 

Rep. Straughter and Rep. Alyce Clark (who is originally from Humphreys County) took some time to give students a pep talk about college and career opportunities. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

 

Carol Paola, MAGC Executive Director, and gifted students from Humphreys County. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

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Gifted Education and the Law

The Mississippi Gifted Education Act requires public school districts to provide gifted education programs for intellectually gifted students in grades 2-6. These programs must be designed to meet the individual needs of gifted students and shall be in addition to and different from the regular program of instruction provided by the district. School districts may also provide programs for intellectually gifted students in grades 7-12, creatively and artistically gifted students in grades 2-12, and academically gifted students in grades 9-12.

Click on the links below to access the actual portions of state law addressing gifted education.

Sec 37-23-171 Short title

Sec 37-23-173 Legislative findings and declarations; purpose

Sec 37-23-175 Definitions

Sec 37-23-177 General powers and duties of state board of education

Sec 37-23-179 Promulgation of rules, regulations, guidelines; office for gifted education; implementation of programs of gifted education by local school districts; funding of programs

Sec 37-23-181 Relationship of Secs. 37-23-121 through 37-23-131


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