Concerned Panther Run Parents
To get Full Time Gifted at Panther Run, and keep kids zoned for Panther Run at their home school.
Started 1 petition
Please Offer Full Time Gifted at Panther Run Elementary School for ALL GRADES
Whether you have a student in the gifted program or not, this petition is important to everyone living in the surrounding communities zoned for Panther Run Elementary. Currently, Panther Run offers a part-time gifted program for students who have been tested and assigned to the ESE gifted program. Under the current part-time program, each day a different grade is "pulled out" of their regular classroom for the entire day. Not only does it disrupt the classroom, but the teachers are also forced to adjust their schedules, and not teach any new material to the rest of the students. The students that go to gifted are given homework from their regular teachers for that day and miss regular classroom instruction. Students who are in gifted at Panther Run are able to transfer to Binks Elementary, which offers a full-time gifted program. We have lost 25 - 30 students so far this school year. Had we kept that many students, we could have retained two of the teachers our school has lost due to decreased enrollment. Binks Elementary is overcrowded with over 1,000 students while Panther Run keeps losing students because we do not have a full-time gifted program. Please sign this petition to help persuade the school board to allow Panther Run Elementary to have a full-time gifted program beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Gaining a full-time gifted program at Panther Run Elementary has the potential to increase our property values through overall improved scores at our school that helps us retain our "A" rating in the Wellington area.