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Gifted education advocate hopes for increased state funding

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email 

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - For many years Mississippi lawmakers allocated funds specifically for gifted education programs, but this year that plan changed.

For the current academic year, the state is only funding programs for intellectually gifted children in grades second through the sixth, which is mandated by state law.

Frances Karnes with Southern Miss is a pioneer in the field of gifted education in Mississippi. Karnes hopes the same funding situation is not the case next year because the state has made great strides in meeting the needs of gifted children.

According to Karnes, "Up to this year about 43-million dollars was being spent in the public schools, and five million for the math and science high school and about three million for the fine and performing arts high school. We've got a lot of things in our state that other state's do not have."

Karnes hopes Mississippi lawmakers can be further educated about the importance of gifted education and the role it plays in shaping the state's future workforce.

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