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Our voices are being heard (posted March 6, 2017)

Our voices are being heard! There are Representatives in the House Education Committee who are looking for a way to include language about advanced learners in SB1.

House leadership will make a decision on MONDAY as to whether or not an amendment can be heard. Leadership may consult with the sponsors of SB1 to see how they feel about it.

We need to let House leadership and SB1 sponsors know that it’s important for the amendment to be heard.

Your voice is once more needed!

• Please call House Leadership and leave the following message: it is important for the amendment to SB1 which allows language that includes advanced learners be heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday.

• Please call the Sponsors of SB1 and leave the following message: Senate Bill 1 must address the needs of the advanced learner as well as the on-grade-level and struggling learners. Please add “advanced learners” to Senate Bill 1.

The names and contact information you need are below:

Call 502-564-8100, you will reach a switchboard, name the House Leader and leave the message in the Leader’s office. Another number to call (in case that one is busy) is the message line, 1-800- 372-7181. Calling is best but other contact information is included.

House Leadership Contact Information- Representative
Jeff Hoover, House Speaker
David Osborne, House Speaker Pro Tempore
Jonathan Shell, Majority Floor Leader
David Meade, Majority Caucus Chair
Kevin D. Bratcher, Majority Whip
Rocky Adkins, Minority Floor Leader
Dennis Keene, Minority Caucus Chair
Wilson Stone, Minority Whip

Sponsors of SB 1 Contact Information-Senator
Mike Wilson, Senate Education Committee Chair
David P. Givens, Senate President Pro Tempore
Ralph Alvarado
Danny Carroll
C.B. Embry Jr.
Rick Girdler
Stephen Meredith
Robert Stivers
Damon Thayer
Steve West
Max, Wise

URGENT: Your voice is needed TODAY! (posted March 1, 2017)

Senate Bill 1 (SB1) is the comprehensive public education legislation that will shape education for the next few years in Kentucky. It will impact educational initiatives, utilization of resources, and priorities within the school and district.

SB1 has passed the Senate and it will very soon be considered in the House. The Senate version makes no mention of advanced learners; instead, it speaks of reaching grade level and supporting struggling learners.

It is urgent to call your Senator today, and your Representative if you have not already made that call, and leave the following message: Senate Bill 1 must address the needs of the advanced learner as well as the on-grade-level and struggling learners. Please add “advanced learners” to Senate Bill 1.

 When you call 502-564-8100, you will reach a switchboard, name your senator or representative and leave the message in your senator or representative’s office. Another number to call (in case that one is busy) is 1-800- 372-7181.

KENTUCKY STATE LEGISLATORS
If you need to find out who your legislators are AND leave a message, you can call the Legislative Message Line at 800.372.7181 or click here to get to the Legislative Home Page.

CLICK HERE for an interactive map of Kentucky congressional districts.

Gov. Matt Bevin
700 Capitol Ave, Suite 100
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-2611
governor.ky.gov

March 1, 2017


ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) – Click HERE for more information about ESSA 

GIFTED REGULATIONS – 704 KAR 3:285. Programs for the gifted and talented.

Gifted Education Month:

February 2017 is 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 03/01/2017