Advocates for gifted kids cite Boucher [Westport News]

November 19, 2013

Article as it appeared in the Westport News

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26, has been named by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted to receive its 2013 Friend of the Gifted Award.

In announcing the award, the organization cited a bill proposed by Boucher that would establish a state Academically Gifted Advancement Program.

Under the bill, gifted 11th graders could take qualifying tests and apply to waive their senior year of high school to begin college early. Qualified students also could receive full-tuition scholarships to public colleges or participating private colleges.

The organization said Boucher has long been dedicated to ensuring all Connecticut students have opportunities to achieve their full potentials, dating to her days as a member of the Wilton Board of Education. She is the ranking Senate member of the legislature’s Education Committee.

The award is scheduled to be presented at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 in the foyer of Westport Town Hall.