Janesville School Board to consider expanding gifted student program
JANESVILLE--A program for gifted elementary students that was expanded this year could be expanded again.
The Janesville School Board could vote Tuesday on a recommendation to expand the Challenge Program at Madison Elementary School to the third grade and to fund the new fourth-grade program at Madison next fall.
The proposal faced opposition from board member Kevin Murray but no one else at a board committee meeting Wednesday.
Murray said he didn’t like attracting students from outside the district with what he sees as more services than the average student gets.
It’s a want, not a need, Murray said.
Committee Chairwoman Kristin Hesselbacher strongly disagreed.
The Challenge Program is analogous to special education, which provides services those students need, Hesselbacher said.
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