GIFTED FUNDING MUST REMAIN A PRIORITY
Updates from the State Legislature
The State Legislature passed a “skinny” budget before it recessed in March. Gifted funding was not included in this budget. The intention is for the Legislature to reconvene at a later date to complete the final budget.
Governor Ducey’s Education Policy Advisor, Kaitlyn Harrier, responded to our inquiry regarding gifted funding that everything in regards to the State’s budget is extremely fluid, and to be determined. But the Gifted community should know that supporting Gifted education is important to us (the Governor’s office).
There is no official date for the Legislature to reconvene yet.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP GIFTED FUNDING ON THE MIND OF EACH LEGISLATOR
When budget negotiations resume, some things in the “already passed skinny budget” may be pulled as they are no longer the priority they once were and some other things will be added. They could choose to fund gifted because it is in Governor Ducey’s budget and because we at one point had support to get perhaps $2 million from the Legislature…or it just may become a casualty.
There will be dollars for schools coming from the federal government to support loss from school closures. Districts are working extremely hard to support all students. There are many reasons we can and should remain hopeful there will be funds for the education of our Gifted students.
ACTION NEEDED FROM OUR CAN NETWORK
Please contact your two Representatives and your Senator in your Legislative District as well as Representative Udall firstname.lastname@example.org (Chair of the House Education Committee), Senator Sylvia Allen email@example.com (Chair of the Senate Education Committee) and Kaitlyn Harrier firstname.lastname@example.org (Governor’s office) with this message:
- Use Gifted Education Funding in your subject line
- Share your story of how you are coping and supporting your gifted students during their “at home” learning time. What are the struggles, what are their successes?
- Ask that $1 million ongoing be part of the budget to ensure consistent access to opportunities and resources for teachers and students to meet the needs of gifted students.
- Remind the Legislators that Gifted students like other special populations, require special accommodations in order for them to thrive.
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Thank you for your continued support!
Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented
Donna Campbell, Advocacy Chair