The New York Times reports that despite all of the talk of the United States losing its competitive edge in the global marketplace, programs for the gifted and talented students are being threatened on many fronts. Compared to a decade ago, there are fewer programs for gifted elementary and middle school students. Part of the reason is because of NCLB. Schools are allocating resources to help struggling students achieve proficiency, as schools that score too low on reading and math can be taken over. In addition, each year President Bush has eliminated the $9 million Javits Act, which is the only federal financing for elementary and middle school gifted programs… (Note: This site requires free registration.)