|Action||Revision of regulations school divisions must meet in their gifted education programs, K - 12|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/26/2008|
REJECT the PROPOSED GIFTED REGULATIONS!
The Gifted Education faculty at the
(2) The language on page 12 of the proposed revisions states that the change regarding the local plan which, if approved, but will no longer be submitted to the DOE for approval, and will instead be approved annually by the local school board. This change is detrimental for several reasons:
a. Educators and community stakeholders invest significant time and effort in creating a 5-year plan and in the process seek peer review from other gifted education colleagues across the state. To shift this process to the local level will eliminate the productive insights that emerge from this peer review;
b. As a group, school board members are not experts in the field of gifted education and will not be able to provide meaningful, constructive feedback concerning gifted program plans.
(3) The repeal of the funding language of 8VAC20-40-70 (previously stated, “State funds administered by the DOE for the education of gifted students shall be used to support only those activities identified in the school division’s plan as approved by the BOE”) is seriously problematic. In the absence of this regulatory language protecting the funding for gifted program services, it is likely that the quality of gifted programming will suffer.