Katrina Onstad’s cover story in the October issue, on gifted programs in schools (“Class Divide”), is probably the most well-researched piece I’ve ever read. As a former school trustee, I find that she describes exactly what I observed about the parents of gifted students over the eight years I was on the board. Nearly half my time was monopolized by the parents of a population that makes up only 3 percent of students. These families are well organized, upwardly mobile, and have a single focus. Gifted programs are viewed not as essential supports for students with a special need but rather as an elite Ivy League– esque stream within the public education system. Something has to change.