Turner Measure Would Designate March as ‘Gifted and Talented Students Month’

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner that would designate the month of March as “Gifted and Talented Students Month” each year, was approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

“Our school districts must be able to academically challenge all students, regardless of their level of education,” said Senator Turner, D-Mercer, who Chairs the Senate Education Panel. “New Jersey’s students consistently have some of the highest SAT scores in the nation. We also have a high number of students enrolled in advanced placement courses. Our school districts must be able to academically challenge all students, to allow them to compete for admittance to the nation’s top universities and gain the necessary education to allow them to compete in tomorrow’s workforce.”

Senator Turner’s measure, SJR-61, would authorize the Legislature to designate the month of March of each year as “Gifted and Talented Students Month.” The measure would help raise public awareness and help to identify and develop programs to help challenge gifted and talented students. The measure also calls on the Governor to issue an annual proclamation in observation of Gifted and Talented Students Month.

This measure now awaits consideration by the full Senate.