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Thank you to all who helped get the $1 million grant in the 2019 Legislative budget to support our gifted students in the state. It was with your persistence in sending emails, placing phone calls and making personal visits to Legislators that you were heard.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has officially opened the grant application process. http://www.azed.gov/gifted-
To do that, each district must complete the grant application process online at the ADE. The district must designate what the money will be used for as part of the application process. This past year, districts used their share of the grant primarily for identification tools, teacher professional development, classroom resources and enrichment opportunities.
The application process is open only until September 6, 2019. The earlier a district applies, the more quickly they can receive their funds. This means with early application, identification and services can begin early in the school year.
Here is how you can help to be sure your school applies and receives funds from the grant:
CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SUPERINTENDENT OR GIFTED SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO APPLY FOR THE GIFTED EDUCATION GRANT IMMEDIATELY.
Remember, these are the only dedicated funds for gifted education. The funds are distributed in accordance with the mandate for gifted education. Be sure your district gets their fair share!