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22-20-201. Legislative declaration


(1) The general assembly, recognizing the obligation of the state of Colorado to provide educational opportunities to all children that will enable them to lead fulfilling and productive lives, declares that the purpose of this part 2 is to provide means for identifying and educating those children who are gifted.

(2) It is the intent of the general assembly that:

(a) Evidence-based practices support instruction and the social and emotional development of gifted children; and

(b) Each gifted child is educated in a rigorous learning environment and culture that develops the childs areas of exceptionality and coordinates programs and services among available support systems.

(3) The general assembly further finds and declares that traditional assessment methods may not adequately identify some gifted children, including children from all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural populations and gifted children who also have disabilities. It is therefore the general assemblys intent that the state board, the department, and every administrative unit include all student groups in each administrative units procedures for identifying gifted children and for developing educational programs that include gifted children.

(4) The general assembly declares that, for purposes of section 17 of article IX of the state constitution, gifted education programs are accountable programs to meet state academic standards and may therefore receive funding from the state education fund created in section 17 (4) of article IX of the state constitution.


Source: L. 2011: Entire part added, (HB 11-1077), ch. 30, p. 79, 11, effective August 10. L. 2014: Entire section amended, (HB 14-1102), ch. 330, p. 1461, 1, effective August 6.


Cross references: For provisions on junior colleges, contained in this title prior to 1975, see articles 71 and 72 of title 23.

Law reviews: For article, Fundamentalist Christians, the Public Schools and the Religion Clauses, see 66 Den. U.L. Rev. 289.

Editors note: This article was numbered as article 22 of chapter 123, C.R.S. 1963. The substantive provisions of this article were repealed and reenacted in 1973, resulting in the addition, relocation, and elimination of sections as well as subject matter. For amendments to this article prior to 1973, consult the Colorado statutory research explanatory note beginning on page vii in the front of this volume.

Law reviews: For article, Guardian ad Litem and the Educational Surrogate Parent Role, see 19 Colo. Law. 2437 (1990).