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Wilton's Boucher Honored By Connecticut Association For The Gifted

Left to right: Bianka Kortland-Cox, former president CAG, Katie Augustyn, past president CAG, Mike Rizzo, president CAG, Westport Director of Special Education, Beverly Katz, executive director CAG, State Sen. Toni Boucher in forefront.
Left to right: Bianka Kortland-Cox, former president CAG, Katie Augustyn, past president CAG, Mike Rizzo, president CAG, Westport Director of Special Education, Beverly Katz, executive director CAG, State Sen. Toni Boucher in forefront. Photo Credit: Provided

WESTPORT, CONN. -- State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) recently received the 2013 Friend of the Gifted Award.

The ceremony took place in Westport, where Boucher was joined by Elliott Landon, Westport superintendent, and John Pellino, president of Connecticut Association for the Gifted.

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

She also represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton in the state Senate.

Boucher 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.

Earlier this year, 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 this program would put special emphasis on math, science and engineering, recognizing the need for highly skilled workers in Connecticut in these STEM 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 in a statement.

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted, founded in 1969, is the pre-eminent parent, teacher, and school resource and legislative advocate for Connecticut’s gifted and talented students. It provides parents with information and resources to benefit their talented children, educators with high-quality professional development, and boards of education with the tools to support talented students.

For more information, go to http://www.ctgifted.org .

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