Advocacy and Legislation

02/03/2015 – Your help is needed! Senate Bill 201, AN ACT relating to school entrance age, sponsored by Senator Jimmy Higdon has now passed the Senate and is headed to the House. This bill’s purpose is to 

1. ensure tuition charged to a student who is allowed to enroll in a primary school program before meeting the age requirement is the same as the tuition charged to a student who meets the age requirement; and

2.      clarify that students enrolled before meeting the age requirement are required to be included in the school’s average daily attendance for purposes of SEEK funding.

In other words it provides the funding requirements for those young gifted children who are ready to start school but don’t meet the age requirement.

 There is very little time left in this session and quick action is needed. Leadership in the House needs to know how important this bill is and that it should be introduced into the House and assigned to the education committee.

Please contact House leadership and let them know the importance of the SB 201 and encourage them to hear the bill on the House Floor and assign it to committee? You can call the Legislative Message Line (1-800-372-7181) and leave a message or click on the Representative’s name below for an email message.

House of Representatives Leadership:

House Speaker                                                                       House Speaker Pro Tempore

Greg Stumbo                                                                           Jody Richards

Greg.Stumbo@lrc.ky.gov                                                      Jody.Richards@lrc.ky.gov

Majority Whip                                                                       Majority Caucus Chair

Rocky Adkins                                                                          Sannie Overly

Rocky.Atkins@lrc.ky.gov                                                      Sannie.Overly@lrc.ky.gov

Majority Whip                                                                       Minority Floor Leader

Johnny Bell                                                                              Jeff Hoover

Johnny.Bell@lrc.ky.gov                                                         Jeff.Hoover@lrc.ky.gov

Minority Caucus Chair                                                          Minority Whip

Stan Lee                                                                                  Jim DeCesare

Stan.Lee@lrc.ky.gov                                                             dj951@twc.com

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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.

February 2015 was Gifted Education Month in Kentucky, but any time is a good time to celebrate gifted education.  Click HERE for some suggested activities put together by KAGE board members.  Please share with KAGE your ideas and activities taking place in your area.  

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 01/27/2015