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Boucher Receives 2013 Friend of the Gifted Award In Westport

Pictured are (from left) Bianka Kortland-Cox, former president CGA, Katie Augustyn, past president CGA, Mike Rizzo, president CGA, Westport Director of Special Education Beverly Katz and state Sen. Toni Boucher in forefront.
Pictured are (from left) Bianka Kortland-Cox, former president CGA, Katie Augustyn, past president CGA, Mike Rizzo, president CGA, Westport Director of Special Education Beverly Katz and state Sen. Toni Boucher in forefront. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) recently received the 2013 Friend of the Gifted Award at a ceremony in Westport.

Boucher, who is the ranking member of the Senate Education Committee, received the award Nov. 21 in a ceremony that included Westport Superintendent Elliot Landon and John Pellino, president of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted.

“This recognition is greatly appreciated,” said Boucher in a press release. “My hope is to continue to foster the best policies for our high-ability students.”

Representatives said Boucher fought for the 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.

In 2013, 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. Boucher hoped the program would put special emphasis on math, science and engineering, recognizing the need for highly skilled workers in Connecticut in these STEM subject areas.

“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," Boucher said.

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