I am writing to express strong support for the PEAK program and to address misperceptions reported in Sunday’s front-page article. First, it is inaccurate to represent that any consultation, formal or informal, has taken place with the families directly impacted by these discussions. I am the parent of a child in PEAK. Prior to Sunday’s article, I knew nothing of the brewing attack and I disagree with the unilateral approach and conclusions of the program’s detractors. Second, although the criticisms are clothed in superficially reasonable language, the central message — that the program is a boondoggle for kids that are already doing well in school — is destructive and uninformed. The public schools are obligated to educate a broad spectrum of children. The general curriculum is designed for the majority of children in the system. Outside of this majority are children who need additional or different programming to ensure they receive the benefits of a public education. Being identified as “gifted” or “talented” does not necessarily mean a child is doing well in school. Although some of these children excel within the general curriculum, others do not and are in danger of turning away from the schools. While PEAK is critical for all “gifted” and “talented” children for a variety of reasons, it is an especially important lifeline for children who need innovative programming to remain engaged in their education. To suggest that the schools should turn away from these children is wrong and I, for one, will fight for PEAK.