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C.A.T.S

Callisburg’s Academically Talented Students




Callisburg Independent School District

Education and Advanced Studies of Gifted/Talented Students
Student and Parent Handbook

2013-2014

STUDENT HANDBOOKS AND CLAIMS AGAINST SCHOOL DISTRICTS
The question often arises whether student handbooks can give rise to claims for breach of contract against school districts. Specifically, school districts periodically amend their handbooks. Students may argue that any changes made in a student handbook are ineffective as to them, and that only the original portion of the handbook should apply. They may claim that violation of the original language in the handbook constitutes a breach of contract by the school district.
Numerous cases in Texas have held that if a disclaimer appears in a handbook asserting that the contents of the handbook is not contractual, there is no breach of contract claim against the school district. See, e.g., Tobias v. University of Texas at Arlington, 824 S.W.2d201 (Tex. App.-Ft. Worth 1991, no writ). Therefore, as a practice pointer, it is best for all school districts and other educational entities to include the following language as a preface in their student handbooks: “The contents of this handbook are not contractual, and do not give rise to a claim of breach of contract against the school district. Further, the contents of this handbook apply to all students of the district, as the contents now appear in the handbook or may be amended in the future.” Language similar to this disclaimer was recently upheld in a case involving Cornell University.

C.A.T.S. Student and Parent Handbook

Revised February 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS


I District Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students

Definition................................................................................................................ 3

Philosophy............................................................................................................. 3

Goals..................................................................................................................... 4

Program Organization............................................................................................ 5

Recommended Graduation Plan............................................................................ 6

Parent/Community Involvement............................................................................. 6

Professional Development...................................................................................... 6

Nominations and Screening.................................................................................... 7

Identification............................................................................................................ 7

Transfer Students................................................................................................... 8

Furloughs................................................................................................................ 8

Exit Procedure......................................................................................................... 8

Appeal Procedure.................................................................................................... 9


II Curriculum

Principles of Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted/Talented Child...................... 10

Curriculum Framework............................................................................................ 11-12

Scope and Sequence.............................................................................................. 11, 13-14


III Parent Information

G/T Websites........................................................................................................... 15

G/T Books................................................................................................................ 16

G/T Magazines/Publications.................................................................................... 16

Characteristics of Gifted Students........................................................................... 17

Stress Experienced by Gifted People...................................................................... 18

Maddening Myths..................................................................................................... 19

What Gifted/Talented Students Want from Their Parents........................................ 20

Typical Questions and Brief Responses.................................................................. 21

Glossary of G/T Terms............................................................................................ 24


IV Forms

Nomination Forms…………………………………………………………………………29-30

Furlough Form……………………………………………………………………………..31

Growth Contract……………………………………………………………………………32

Program Withdrawal Form………………………………………………………………..33

Callisburg ISD District Plan for the



Education of the Gifted/Talented Students
Callisburg Independent School District acknowledges our responsibility to provide experiences that will foster maximum mental, physical, and emotional development for all students, including those who are identified as gifted. As evidence of our commitment to that concept, the district has developed a plan for serving gifted/talented students in a comprehensive array of services, kindergarten through grade twelve.
To provide a focused structure for the program; a definition of giftedness, philosophy, program goals, and student performance expectations have been developed.


Definition of Giftedness

An academically gifted and talented student is capable of excelling in relation to students of similar age, experiences, or environment as reflected by one or more of the following areas: general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, and creative and productive thinking ability.






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