Study Committee Meeting on Funding for Gifted Pupils – October 21

The second meeting of the Study Committee on Special Education Weights and Funding for Gifted Pupils:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019
1:00 PM
ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL
HOUSE HEARING ROOM #1

This study committee is very important to all of us as it could have long term effects on how the state will fund gifted education in the future.

The current flow of funding for gifted education comes through two sources:

  1. Group A weighted funds distributed to districts that MAY be used for gifted programs and services.
  2. The $1 million dollar grant monies awarded in 2018 and again in 2019. These are DEDICATED funds to be used only for gifted education purposes. This requires us to go back every year to ask for funding.

The study committee will look at many funding options, including what we have now, to possibly make recommendations to lawmakers in the 2020 session. 

How can you ACT now?

The study committee is allowing for parents, teachers and students to speak at Monday’s meeting to share their stories. We encourage as many of you from all over the state to attend if possible. You may “Request to Speak” on the AZLeg website at any point, including the day of.

Or log in and give a “thumbs up” for your support of Gifted Education!

 Instructions for Request to Speak

Sign in or create an account. Click blue Request to Speak Button. On left side of page, click “New Request”.  Select the following:

  • Session: 2019 – Fifty-fourth Legislature – First Regular Session
  • Committee: Study Committee on Special Education Weights and Funding for Gifted Pupils

Click Search. Once result populates, click add request. Fill out form and submit.

Share Your Stories: See Me! Teach Me! Challenge Me! Understand Me! (www.giftednessknowsnoboundaries.org)

  • How Gifted Education affects you, your kids and the community.
  • What it was like for child or a child in your class before they were identified? How has transforming their education helped them now?
  • How often are students in your district overlooked and what are the ramifications?
  • What programs have you implemented that are showing successes that need ongoing support?
  • Teachers, what could you provide your students with dedicated, ongoing gifted funding?

AAGT’s Ask on Funding:

  1. Fully fund the mandate in statute. This would provide ongoing, dedicated funds to districts to supplement what a district is already spending on gifted education from the Group A weighted funds.
  2. Require districts to use a portion of Group A funds for gifted education.

We understand that you may not be able to attend this afternoon meeting, if you cannot come and share your story, please email your representative on the committee to share your story and ask them to please consider more funding for gifted education.

Below is a chart showing your school districts and your legislator. If you send an email, please CC or BCC director@azgifted.com on the email. Do not hesitate to reach out to ask more questions!

 School District  Study Committee Legislator Email Address 
Maricopa County: Peoria USD, Washington ESD, Glendale ESD, Glendale Union HSD, Deer Valley USD, Paradise Valley USD Rep. Shawnna Bolick (Chair), LD 20 SBolick@azleg.gov
Mojave County:Fredonia Moccasin USD, Colorado City USD, Littlefield USD, Kingman USD, Peach Springs USD, Lake Havasu USD, Colorado River Union HSD, Mohave Valley ESD, Topock ESD, Yucca ESD, Hackberry ESD, Valentine ESD, Owens-Whitney ESD, Bullhead City ESD Rep. Leo Biasiucci, LD 5 LBiasiucci@azleg.gov
Navajo County:Winslow USD, Heber-Overgaard USD, Joseph City USD, Holbrook USD, Snowflake USD, Show Low USD Rep. Walter Blackman, LD 6 WBlackman@azleg.gov
Pima County:Altar Valley ESD, Tucson USD, Sunnyside USD, Amphitheater USD, Flowing Wells USD Rep. Alma Hernandez, LD 3 AHernandez@azleg.gov

Gila County:San Carlos USD, Haydaen Winkelman USD

Graham County: Ft. Thomas USD, Pima USD, Safford USD, Solomon ESD

Mohave County: Kingman USD, Peach Springs USD, Hackberry ESD

Rep. Arlando Teller, LD 7 ATeller@azleg.gov

Coconino County: Grand Canyon USD, Williams USD, Flagstaff USD, Maine Consolidated ESD, Chevelon Butte ESD

Gila County:Payson USD, Miami USD, Pine/Strawberry ESD, Tonto Basin ESD, Young ESD

Navajo County:Winslow USD, Heber-Overgaard USD, Joseph City USD, Holbrook USD, Snowflake USD, Show Low USD

Yavapai County:Sedona-Oak Creek Joint USD, Camp Verde USD, Mingus Union HSD, Cottonwood-Oak Creek ESD, Beaver Creek ESD, Clarkdale-Jerome ESD

Sen. Sylvia Allen (Vice Chair), LD 6 SAllen@azleg.gov

Maricopa County NE:Scottsdale USD

Maricopa County PHX:Osborn ESD, Phoenix ESD, Madison ESD, Creighton ESD, Balsz ESD

Maricopa County NW:Washington ESD, Glendale Union HS, Phoenix Union HS Wards 2, 3 & 4

Sen. Lela Alston, LD 24 LAlston@azleg.gov

Maricopa County NE:Paradise Valley USD, Cave Creek USD

Maricopa County NW:Deer Valley USD

Sen. Heather Carter, LD 15 HCarter@azleg.gov
Pima County:Altar Valley ESD, San Fernando ESD, Continental ESD, Sahuarita USD, Vail USD, Sunnyside USD, Tucson USD Sen. Andrea Dalessandro, LD 2 ADalessandro@azleg.gov

Maricopa County NW: Nadaburg USD, Wickenburg USD, Saddle Mountain USD, Dysart USD, Agua Fria Union HSD, Aguila ESD, Morristown ESD, Litchfield ESD, Avondale ESD

Maricopa County SW: Buckeye Union HSD, Sentinel ESD, Arlington ESD, Liberty ESD, Buckeye ESD, Palo Verde ESD

Sen. Sine Kerr, LD 13 SKerr@azleg.gov

School districts without a committee member can send to the Study Committee as a whole.

To find more specific information about the committee members and the agenda for this meeting please visit: Study Committee Information

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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