What are we talking about? Are we talking about the world as it is or about the world as you wish it were? I suppose the latter, in which case I will make a couple of brief points then I will step aside and let you carry on with whoever cares to explore your fantasies.
First, you have just made an existence argument. For what? If I am the parent of a TAG child, exactly what can I force to the schools to do for me? Looking around, we find,
- ------------------------ http://gcq.sagepub.com/content/48/4/309.abstract To fill a gap in the literature, this article provides a comprehensive, concise, and current overview of the case law?specifically, published hearing/review officer and court decisions?concerning gifted education for K-12 students. This case law represents two distinct groups: ?gifted alone,? designating students whose legal status is based solely on their gifted status, and ?gifted plus,? designating students who not only are gifted, but also have special legal status typically in terms of disability (i.e., ?twice exceptional?) or race. The outcomes of the case law in both categories have generally favored the defendant school districts. The absence in many states of strong and specific legislation or regulations for gifted-alone students and the lack of judicial sensitivity to the complexity of the gifted-plus category likely contribute to the overall district-friendly trend of the case law to date. - ------------------------------
and the interesting recent case of Levi Clancy, who lost his court action,
Feel free to look up other such cases in other states. There ain't many.
Also, there is a history to the Clancey case. Before they tried to force the State of CA to pay for the minor's college education, they sued under the Civil Rights laws, http://www.wnd.com/2004/02/23213/
They lost that one, too.
So, here is a homework assignment. Why do you suppose there is a "gap in the literature"? Why do you think there are few TAG-related court cases?
But, let's get down to brass tack. You write,
>In other words, there are claiming that gifted kids are >just as special as any other kid deemed worthy of >special consideration in special education
From which we learn that you are not the only one building castles in the sky. Let me show you why, by quoting from NY State special education law,
Articles 89 and 90 are what immediately concern us. In fact, comparing Article 89 (Children With Handicapping Conditions) to Article 90 (Gifted Education) I think will be a highly illuminating exercise.
I will bet dollars to donuts that the laws in your state, whoever you are and whatever your state, are virtually indistinguishable from NY State law, in this matter. We have already seen just such is the case in California.