In case you missed it, here's a link to a New York Times article. It's moved to premium content, but the article, about stiff competition for kids to gifted programs, is available in its entirety at the link below.
Excerpt: "Driving the anxiety is simple arithmetic. Even in some high-income ZIP codes, parents perceive neighborhood schools as academically substandard. That creates an extraordinary amount of competition for the select schools and the programs for the gifted and talented."
Missing the Needs of the Middle