The formula for cutting back in hard times was straightforward, if painful, [Gary Tyrrell, assistant superintendent of the Mountain Grove School District, Mo.] said: Satisfy federal and state requirements first. Then, "Do as much as we can for the majority and work on down."
Under that kind of a formula, programs for gifted and talented children have become especially vulnerable. Unlike services for disabled children, programs for gifted children have no single federal agency to track them.
Evil! But, hopefully resolvable with private funds.