State Senator Toni Boucher Selected 2013 Friend of the Gifted

WESTPORT, CT – The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) is pleased to announce that State Senator Toni Boucher will receive the 2013 Friend of the Gifted award.

Senator Boucher was chosen for this award because of her long dedication to ensuring all Connecticut students achieve their full potential, which started when she was on the Wilton Board of Education.  Senator Boucher is well-respected as an outspoken advocate for education.  As the current State Senate Ranking Member of the Education Committee, she fought for appropriate level of instruction for high achieving students, and gave a voice to advocates of personalized education for all students, including high ability and academically advanced students.  She made it possible for many state institutions, including the University of Connecticut and CAG, to speak directly to the members of the Legislature's Education Committees about the urgent need to meet the academic needs of our state's bright students, often left behind for lack of appropriate funding and resources.

In 2013, Senator Boucher proposed a bill to establish an Academically Gifted Advancement Program in Connecticut.  Gifted 11th graders could take a qualifying test and apply to waive their final year of high school, allowing students to begin college early.  Qualified students could receive a full scholarship for tuition to a public college or participating private college.  Senator Boucher hoped this program would put special emphasis on math, science and engineering, recognizing the need for highly skilled workers in Connecticut in these STEM areas.  Senator Boucher stated "It would be wonderful to foster this learning pipeline early and allow our gifted and talented students the opportunity to learn and live here in Connecticut."  Although the bill was stripped of the financial component, the essence remains viable and is expected to be re-introduced in the next legislative session.

CAG is extremely grateful to Senator Boucher and supportive of her work on behalf of the needs of high ability and high achievement students.  We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with her to advance the needs of Connecticut's students.  We look forward to many more successful years of collaboration to spread the message of need to develop highly skilled workers in Connecticut in the areas of science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

The award will be presented on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 1:00 PM in the foyer of the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT.  Press and guests are invited.

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