Advocacy and Legislation

KAGE is very active in supporting legislation for the gifted and talented. Since 1980, KAGE has worked closely with members of the Kentucky General Assembly to secure appropriate educational opportunities for gifted students. In addition, KAGE members are advocates for Kentucky’s gifted children, communicating with decision-makers: in Kentucky at local school councils, school districts, the Governor’s Office, and the Kentucky Department of Education, and with other groups who care about education. At the national level, KAGE advocates with Kentucky’s Senators and Representatives for federal legislation for gifted children. Decision-makers must know that gifted children constitute a special needs group along with other categories of exceptional children and that gifted children also need to make continuous progress in school.

In February 2015 KAGE will sponsor Gifted Education Month in Kentucky, and a Gifted Education Month Proclamation Signing in the Capitol in Frankfort.  

The Proclamation Ceremony for Gifted Education Month, (February 2015) will be held at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, February 4, 2015.  Click HERE to get information about attending the Proclamation Ceremony and other activities your students can do that day.  

Anytime is a great time to be a page for your legislator, but it would be particularly good to do this on Tuesday, February 4, 2015 for the Proclamation Signing day.  Click HERE to read more about being a House or Senate page.

Educating parents and district and community leaders on the importance of appropriate educational opportunities for gifted students is particularly critical.  Invite parents and community and school leaders into a G/T classroom during this week.  Ask them to participate in challenging activities along with gifted students!  Possibilities for showcasing gifted students and gifted education are limitless.

Gifted Education Month in Kentucky is a good time to open positive dialogues with key decision makers, parents, local officials, and community members.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Click here to learn how you can contact your legislators.

Kentucky’s commitment to funding gifted education has remained stagnant or decreased since the inception of KERA in 1990. Yet, the scope of identification and services has widened as has the cost of providing those services. The current allocation is not sufficient to meet the needs outlined below. An increase in funding for Gifted and Talented Education.is greatly needed.

Increased funding is crucial for:
1. Ongoing professional development for teachers;
2. Comprehensive identification of gifted students; and
3. Appropriate services for gifted students.

Click here for the KY White Paper on Gifted and Talented Education, KENTUCKY’S FUTURE: MINING UNTAPPED TREASURE, CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF THE COMMONWEALTH WHO ARE GIFTED AND TALENTED, for a fuller discussion of the need for increased funding for gifted education.

Click here for a summary of the fundamental beliefs anchoring the White Paper.

last updated 12/10/14