FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County public school officials say they’re considering phasing first- and second-graders out of an elementary magnet school program for gifted students.

The Frederick News-Post reported Wednesday that a school board committee has proposed adding opportunities for the youngsters in their home schools.

Proponents say research suggests that formal identification of gifted and talented students can wait until at least the end of second grade.

The school system is also proposing adding educational enrichment specialists at every elementary school.

The proposals would expand programs that identify exceptional students and boost elementary education in science, math, technology and engineering.

The school board will consider the measures June 27. Any proposed changes would take effect in July 2013.

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