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Response to Letter from Missouri Attorney General

Feburary 26, 2024

Dear Lindbergh Community,

You may have seen news coverage today about a letter sent to Lindbergh Schools from Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey regarding the district’s selection process for gifted students. 

It is important for our families and staff to know that the Attorney General does not have any legal grounds for his objection to Lindbergh Schools’ procedures to identify students for gifted education services, and we are deeply disappointed that he did not reach out to us first to obtain accurate information before posturing on social media with a statement that is not grounded in facts.

Lindbergh’s program complies with all state and federal requirements and does not discriminate against any individual or group of students. We want to be very clear that every student who meets the selection requirements is admitted, and there is no limit on students accessing Lindbergh’s gifted education programs. Contrary to what is implied by the Attorney General’s letter, 10% of Lindbergh students qualify for gifted education programs, which is more than double the national average.  This letter appears to be based on a misunderstanding about the program. 

Our process complies with Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements and expectations, state and federal law, and educational best practices. All students must meet IQ requirements established by the state of Missouri for gifted student selection. 

Again, we are disappointed in the Attorney General’s politically motivated statement, which is not based in fact, and we will provide an informational response to the Attorney General in the near future.

We greatly appreciate the partnership and support of our Lindbergh community as we strive to meet the individual needs of each student, and prepare them for success, both in school and life.


Dr. Tony Lake
Superintendent of Schools