Who decides what the program should offer?

Experts in their field.
Virginia law mandates that state school systems shall provide programs for gifted/talented students which meet certain criteria.  However, the structuring and implementation of these programs is a local responsibility.  Bath County’s Gifted Advisory Committee is comprised of members carefully selected to represent every group involved in the program, including teachers and parents of gifted students from each school, a community  member from each school attendance area, and a high school student.  Visitors are welcome at the open meetings which are held four times a year and which include guest speakers and program reports.
Additionally, it is important to note that committee members and teachers of the gifted are participants in seminars and training sessions designed to improve skills in identifying and challenging gifted and talented students.
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