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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board ponders eliminating gifted program

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is considering changes to its gifted program — including the elimination of specialized programs for primary students — after a sweeping review found “students with giftedness do as well whether in the regular program or specialized program class.”

The report on the review, to be discussed at a public board meeting on Tuesday evening, recommends an itinerant teacher position be created.

The teacher would support classroom teachers in the education of gifted primary students in the regular program once specialized programs are eliminated. Under the proposal, gifted programs would begin in Grade 5.

The proposed change would save the school board more than $300,000 annually.

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