Unfortunately, our state is not mandating that gifted children are served despite having designated gifted funding available. Even when the funding is claimed, the new laws (effective 2013) allow our districts to reassign the funds to other districts, STEM centers, educational centers, and community schools rather than using the funding to serve the gifted students and they don't even have to have a gifted personnel even advising where or how the gifted funding is used. This year, our school district refused to serve students indentified as gifted in the fall until NEXT school year. This is atrocious. Our local and state communities are not making sure that our best and brightest are achieving. I am watching gifted students become lazy because they're not being challenged in their regular classrooms. We need federal protection.