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Oh, I'm sorry. You call them tournaments not carnivals ... [this] is so you can finance your gifted exchange seminar program. All of the administrative hassles, all the logistics disappear into a thin vapor when it's category six gifted and we can take kids all over the state for round robin basketball games. All of a sudden insurance is no longer a problem. And finally, VI. Some of you really chuckled when I talked about making little belt buckles. You were saying, well that's Page 15 the most elitist thing I've ever heard of.

It also includes students with specific academic talents, creativity, leadership, and abilities in visual and performing arts. GATE legislation encourages experimentation with programmatic approaches, cost levels, and identification procedures of the district-level programs. Program evaluations are considered an instrumental force in maintaining the quality of these programs and in ensuring that state and federal mandates are followed as prescribed (see Alexander and Muia 1982; Archambault 1984; Aylesworth 1984; Barnette 1984; Buescher 1984a; Callahan and Caldwell 1984; Davis and Rimm 1985; Gallagher 1985; Newland 1976; Renzulli 1975, 1984; Tannenbaum 1983; and Tuttle 1978 regarding the role of evaluation in gifted and talented programs).

I'm tired of gifted programs starting off in the janitor's closet somewhere. I want a special learning lab where we can showcase these gifted kids. IV. I want to have gifted carnivals for public relations purposes. Gifted carnivals where we could really show these kids off and they can show theft stuff.... They'll [the public] be able to see how really good our school district can be when we have these very special one-half of 1 percent kids identified. V. Besides our gifted carnivals I want us to have gifted exchange seminars.

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