The future of gifted education is a pretty big deal in Seattle these days.

Over the past academic year, Seattleites have debated the future of what’s known as the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC), a program that keeps students deemed to be more advanced in programs separate from their peers.

There’s long been concern that access to gifted-education programs is inequitable, with critics pointing to a mismatch in enrollment. As Dahlia Bazzaz reported, last fall 14.2% of Seattle Public Schools students were Black, compared to just 1.7% of HCC students.

If you haven’t been following this conversation closely, let’s catch up: District officials proposed phasing out HCC and outsourcing advanced courses entirely to neighborhood schools. That plan stalled. In December, a task force released a long list of

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