Message From the Washington Coalition For Gifted Education – April 21th

Still no movement on the budget in Olympia. To summarize, maintenance level funding for FYs 2014 and 2015 has been calculated to be $19,083,000. The various proposals from the Governor and the Legislature hover around that number, with none being less than that amount. As soon as we hear anything substantive, we will let you know.

Meanwhile, our major goal of enactment of the revised Washington Administrative Code (WAC) for the Highly Capable Program has been accomplished and the new WACs approved and published. They are available here. These are the rules with which your local district must comply in implementing Highly Capable as part of Basic Education.

If you are interested in how OSPI will interpret and enforce the new WAC, there are two webinars you can participate in. I’ve copied this from a forwarded email so if the links don’t work, go here to sign up.

Highly Capable Program and Basic Education WAC 392-170 Changes

Find out what you need to know about the changes to WAC 392-170—Special Service Program—Highly Capable Students—background information for why the changes were made, overview of new and repealed sections of the WAC, and details about amendments to specific sections which are consistent with the RCW 28A.185—Highly Capable Students, effective September 2011, which finds that for highly capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education.

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

Wed, May 1, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

Wed, May 1, 2013 2:45 PM – 4:15 PM PDT

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

Direct questions to Kristina Johnstone, Highly Capable Program Supervisor, at kristina.johnstone@k12.wa.us or (360) 725-4991.

This is an ACTION ALERT! – From The Washington Coalition For Gifted Education

The Washington Coalition for Gifted Education represents all Highly Capable children in Washington. We are calling for an increase in funding to 5%, as recommended by the Quality Education Council, so that all districts can identify and support every Highly Capable child’s strengths.

Some background information:

All the proposals for the final supplemental budget for FYs 2012 and 2013 (the current biennium) call for $ 17,904,000 for HCP.

The Office of Financial Management has calculated that maintenance level funding for HCP for FYs 2014 and 2015 is $19,083,000.  This amount is what it will take to provide the same services in 2014 and 2015 as the $17.9 million did in 2012 and 2013.

Below compares budget proposals that will be considered in conference. All funding amounts are based on 2.314%. Funding is Section 511 of the proposal.

Gregoire: $19,268,000
Inslee: $19,277,000
Senate: $19,153,000
House: $19,236,000

These amounts are all barely maintenance level funding. This level of funding leaves 40% of districts, many small and rural, with no services or programs whatsoever.

Legislators have told us that they assume that the districts will use some of the $1 billion increase all budgets propose for basic education to cover the increased costs of the Highly Capable Program based on the revised WAC. The legislature cannot direct them to do so, so they have to “assume” it will happen. That is wishful thinking.

Contact your representatives and senator NOW and tell them you want the HCP supplemental funding increased to the 5% level.

The House budget will be on the floor for a vote within a few days so contact your Representatives as soon as possible. After that vote, the different bills will go to a conference committee so contact your Senator next.

Here’s how:  If you do not already know who they are, find your legislators here.

Next, call the Toll-Free Legislative Hotline, 8AM to 8PM at 1-800-562-6000 and leave this message for your State Legislators: “I want you to increase Highly Capable Education funding to 5%, the level recommended by the Quality Education Council.”

Follow up with short emails with the same message to your State Representatives and Senator. Email addresses use this format: Firstname.Lastname@leg.wa.gov or find them here.

This is an ACTION ALERT! – From The Washington Coalition For Gifted Education

Dear Gifted Education Advocate,

We must convince legislators to increase funding for Highly Capable Education, and need your immediate action. Thank you in advance for your advocacy.

Please do the following TODAY or TOMORROW. Please have students leave messages as well!

1.    If you do not already know, find your legislators here.
2.    Call the Toll-Free Legislative Hotline, 8AM to 8PM at 1-800-562-6000 and leave this message for your State Representatives:

“I want you to tell Representative Hunter that it is time for Washington State to ensure equity for all students. I want you to increase Highly Capable Education funding to 5%, the level recommended by the Quality Education Council.”

3.    Call the Toll-Free Legislative Hotline, 8AM to 8PM at 1-800-562-6000 and leave this message for your State Senator:

“I want you to tell Senators Tom and Hill that it is time for Washington State to ensure equity for all students. I want you to increase Highly Capable Education funding to 5%, the level recommended by the Quality Education Council.”

4.    Follow up with short emails to your State Representatives and Senator. Email addresses use this format:  Firstname.Lastname@leg.wa.gov or find them at https://dlr.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx

5.    Send additional emails to Ross.Hunter@leg.wa.gov, Rodney.Tom@leg.wa.gov, and Andy.Hill@leg.wa.gov

You may wish to provide them with more information in your email. Feel free to add your personal experience, or use the information below.

With 5% funding the state’s Highly Capable Programs plan will:

  • Ensure equity for all students by supporting early identification, a continuum of services K-12, along with appropriate professional development.
  • Provide equitable screening that eliminates bias
  • Establish a deliberate, systematic effort to look at traditionally underserved populations.
  • Widen opportunity for young children (K-3) who show potential in comparison to their classmates, and to develop that potential to see where it may lead.
  • Provide programming appropriate to the student’s strength.

We are counting on you to take action immediately. There are tens of thousands of Highly Capable children in Washington state who need your help!

2012 Fall Fundraiser

It’s that time of year that we ask you to consider donating to the Challenge Parents Association (CPA).  If you noticed our pledge forms in the Wednesday packets and have already donated, thank you!

We have heard that there has been some confusion (especially for new families to the Challenge program) as to what CPA does, how we differ from the PTA and where CPA’s funds come from.

To be clear, CPA’s primary goal is to support the needs of gifted students, their families and teachers in the Challenge Program at Terrace Park and the Highly Capable Program at Brier Terrace Middle School.

CPA does this through:

  1. Classroom Support – $300 stipend to each of the 16 Challenge and Highly Capable teachers to enhance teaching materials
  2. Curriculum Enrichment – provide grant support across all grades to enrich curriculum.
  3. Teacher Professional Development – provide support to send all Challenge and Highly Capable teachers to WAETAG (Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted) Conference in October as well as other staff training with a focus on gifted learning.
  4. Gifted Education Advocacy – participate in Gifted Education Day (G.E.D.) in Olympia on March, 19, 2013
  5. Social Activities – Back-to-School Potluck, Family BINGO Night and Swim Parties

Terrace Park PTA serves the needs of the entire school (including Challenge students) and CPA is secondary to PTA. PTA Membership and support is crucial for every family at Terrace Park and every student benefits from it. Because the two organizations have different goals, it is important to note that CPA does its own fundraising, primarily through our Fall and Spring pledge drive. CPA only receives funds when families donate directly to CPA. CPA does not receive funds from the Terrace Park Annual Donation Drive.

Hopefully, that clears up some of the confusion.  If you still have questions, please email us at challengeparents@gmail.com.

If you would like to donate to the CPA and haven’t done so yet, please download the pledge form and return it to your child’s teacher by October 12th.

Thank you for your support!!

The CPA Board

Fall 2012 Pledge Form

UW Engineering Discovery Days

Friday, April 20, 2012 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Engineering Discovery Days is free and open to everyone!

At Engineering Discovery Days, students and faculty from all UW engineering departments share their work with students, teachers, families and the community. Please join us for hands-on fun and learning.

We have reached capacity for school groups with vans or buses on Friday, April 20. Please encourage students and their families to visit us on Saturday. Thank you for your interest in Engineering Discovery Days.

Registration is still open for Saturday, April 21.

Please review our Tips for a Successful Visit to help make the most of your time on campus.

Vote for Your Favorite Student Exhibit
Alumni judges will decide who wins the “Just for the Fun of It,” The ‘Real’ World” and “Presentation of Society” awards. All visitors — YOU — can vote in the “People’s Choice” category. Please visit the student exhibits and vote for your favorite.

Check out their website for more information.

Replacement Technology/Capital Levy

Election Day — Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Edmonds School District is holding an election Tuesday, February 14, 2012 to renew its Technology/Capital Levy.  The decision to put this measure on the ballot was reviewed extensively, and the levy will collect the same amount approved by voters in 2008, helping the District’s students keep pace with today’s learning needs. The Capital portion of the replacement levy will also address priority safety issues. Details about this four-year replacement measure are available at www.edmonds.wednet.edu/2012levy.

Why is this important?

The capital improvements and technology levy will provide the Edmonds school district with $31 million dollars over the next 4 years ($24 million for technology and $7 million for capital improvements).  This money is critical to keeping our schools safe and technologically up-to-date

How much will this cost?

This is not a new levy.  This is a replacement levy.  So, you will not pay any more taxes than you currently pay.

But school levies in our district always pass . . .

  • February 2010: Operations Levy – Passed with 66% approval
  • August 2010: Supplemental Levy – Passed with 54% approval
  • February 2012: Capital Improvements and Technology Levy – ???

We cannot afford to lose any more voter support for our vital school levies.

How can I help?
Join our Terrace Park Phone Team and help us get out the word to vote!

  • Date: Monday, February 13th
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm (or any time in between)
  • Place: Edmonds Education Association: 19707 64th Ave W, Lynnwood, 98036
  • RSVP: Erin Cullen, PTA President at 425-742-3092 or presidentpta@yahoo.com

Message from the Coalition for Gifted Education – January 23, 2012

GIFTED EDUCATION DAY
IN WASHINGTON

JANUARY 23, 2012

Program 9:00 to 10:30
The Columbia Room
The Legislative Building.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

The Governor has proclaimed January 23rd as Gifted Education Day in Washington. Join us in support of this important event.

How Does Your Government Work?

HEADS UP NOTICE

We have been told that the public hearing on the gay marriage bill (SB 6239) is scheduled for January 23rd. That means parking and moving around on the campus is going to be difficult. Plan accordingly. Unless you absolutely need to be parked near the legislative building, do consider taking DASH. http://www.intercitytransit.com/traveloptions/dash/Pages/default.aspx

For those of you who are new to state level advocacy with the Legislature, we are attaching the League of Education Voters “How Does Your Government Work.”

If you want more in depth information, go to http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/visitingthelegislature.aspx and look at the entries under Participating in the Process.  If you are coming down to Olympia, items under Coming to the Capitol might be of interest to you.

A campus map highlighting the location of the Columbia Room is also attached to this message. Please print it out and mark the office locations of legislators with whom you have appointments; bring it with you. For office locations, go to  http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rosters/Members.aspx

Building Code:   JLOB – O’Brien Building – Representatives

LEG – Legislative Building – Leadership of both Houses

INB – Newberg Building – Senators

JAC – Cherberg Building – Senators

Please look up your legislative district before you come to Olympia as we will not be able to do it for you. If you do not know it go to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx and fill in the boxes.

You may leave jackets and other materials in the Columbia Room while you are taking tours or keeping appointments but please do not leave valuables (cell phones, iPods, iPads, computers, etc.) as we cannot accept responsibility for them.

You are welcome to eat your lunch in the Columbia Room but please be sure to clean up after your group. The Pritchard building has a sit down cafeteria where you can purchase lunch. There is a small deli with very limited seating next door to the Columbia Room where you can purchase coffee and snacks.

If you have arranged to meet your Legislator(s) in the Columbia Room, please let us know as soon as possible to we can allocate space.

We will provide:

  • Name tags;
  • Business card size contact cards to give to Legislators (write your contact information on the back);
  • Note paper and envelopes for longer messages to Legislators;
  • Note cards for short thank you messages.

In addition to your own district Legislators, you can write to members of the education committees in each chamber. See the registration desk for information. We will deliver the messages directly to the Legislators.

We are no longer permitted to provide printouts and other advocacy materials so if you plan to give something to a Legislator, please bring your own. You may wish to select from the materials we have sent you.

The Academic Booster Club of Puyallup is providing our now traditional lime green scarves to wear during the day. Please return them to the registration desk before you depart so we can use them again next year. Thank You, ABC of Puyallup!

And Thank You to Kraft Foods for the cookies.

We have several distinguished guests. To keep our program on schedule, we plan to begin just after 9 am. Please try to be signed in by then. See Heads Up Notice above!

Agenda:

8:15 to 9:00 Sign in

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:10 Keynote from Charlotte Akin

So What? Who Are These Kids and Why Do We Serve Them?

9:35 Supt. Randy Dorn

Introduced by Kelty Pierce, Puyallup Schools

10:00 Governor Christine Gregoire

Introduced by Charlie Hannigan, Lake Stevens Schools

10:15 Advocacy Tips with Kelly Munn

2:30 Columbia Room closes

You are free to take pictures but please do not request individual pictures with the Governor. That is the only restriction her office has placed on her visit.

Charlotte Akin is an award winning teacher of gifted students, retired director of gifted education in the Evergreen School District (Vancouver, WA), President- Elect of the Washington Association of Educators of Talented and Gifted, and a published author in multiple forms and fields including gifted education. Kelly Munn comes to us from the League of Education Voters.

We would appreciate receiving a Contact Report for each Legislator (or legislator aide) you meet. Please use the form pasted in at the end of the message and send it by email to wagifted@earthlink.net.  Thank you.

CONTACT REPORT FOR LEGISLATOR VISIT

Name and title of person contacted:

Type of contact (personal or group visit)  (email contact)  (letter)  (phone)

Issues discussed:

Is the Coalition expected to follow up with this contact?

Describe any follow-up needed:

Notes and comments; was contact supportive or enthusiastic about HCP:

Your name:

Group, if any:

Your email address or other contact information in case we need to check with you.

DON’T FORGET TO SEND A HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU! We will provide you with note cards or note paper.

We look forward to seeing you January 23rd.

CPA’s 1st General Meeting – Oct. 6th, 2011

6:30 pm – 7 pm CPA General Meeting

Highlights:
• Election of Michelle Toshima & Kristin Merrill as Board Members-at-Large
• CPA 2011/2012 Budget
• CPA 2011/2012 Calendar

7 pm – 8 pm CPA Round Table Discussion

Meet fellow parents and teachers in an informal round table discussion. Bring your questions about CPA, homework, social issues, transportation, etc.

Draft Text of Revised Bylaws–Vote on May 18th, 2011

The link at the end of this post will open a pdf of the text of the revised bylaws for CPA. The following formatting protocols apply:

  • Text that looks like this: unchanged text from the current bylaws.

  • Text that looks like this: proposed additional text to the current bylaws.

  • Text that looks like this: proposed deleted text from the current bylaws.

Please plan to attend the vote on these revisions at 6:30 on Wednesday, May 18 in the Terrace Park Library. Only current CPA members (those who have a student currently attending the Challenge Program at Terrace Park Elementary) are eligible to vote on these bylaws.

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email your question or concern to the CPA board at challengeparents@gmail.com.

Thank you for your participation in CPA!

DRAFT CPA Revised Bylaws

NEXT STEPS: Local Legislators Hold Town Hall Meetings–Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Washington State legislators from the 1st, 21st, and 32nd districts will be holding town hall meetings in their districts on Saturday, March 12th. The Washington Coalition for Gifted Education’s lobbyist has strongly urged us to keep in close and continued contact with our representatives. Please try to attend a meeting for your district. If you attended Gifted Education Day in Olympia last month, this is a great opportunity to follow-up with your legislators. If you were not able to attend Gifted Education Day, please add your face and voice to the chorus to help our legislators understand the importance of continuing to fund gifted education programming in Washington, especially in this tough budget climate! This could be a great chance to spend family time with other Challenge Program families and maybe stop off at the CPA Coffee Chat before or after and share your stories with others sharing your concerns. Below are the meetings scheduled:

  • 10am-12pm, Third Place Commons; Lake Forest Park Town Centre, 17171 Bothell Way, Bothell, WA 98158

For insight into what should be emphasized in speaking with or writing to a given legislator, please click on the legislator name below.

Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-1)

She is always outwardly supportive, but we can never get her to *do* anything.  We have been asked to put pressure on her.  She is committed to the Governor’s reorganization project and not working on other stuff.  So, we need to work on the “budget piece” with her:

1) We know budget cuts are necessary, and we expect that education will need to take cuts as well, including the Highly capable funding.  BUT eliminating the program is so damaging because it is so difficult to get it back once it’s gone.

2) Do not allow a delay in including gifted education in basic ed.

(Ed Murray is the chair on the Way & Means committee and has stated he is committed to non elimination, so that is good.  We can bring that up in talking to Rosemary as well.)

Senator Paull Shin (D-21)

So sweet, and has always been a big supporter.  He is very loyal and extremely committed.  He is not as assertive as others, but he does well with signing letters. Ask him if he will send a letter to each member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee stating that Highly Capable children NEED their rights protected under Basic Ed—and ask him if he will then send us a copy of that letter that he sends out.

Senator Maralyn Chase (D-32)

Not too involved in child issues or K-12 education. She is involved with economic development. So focus on ideas about building a solid future for our state— these kids will assist with a strong economic future for Washington, if we can support them and keep them here.  It’s important for our state’s economy to have a good educational system that would encourage this.


Representative Luis Moscoso (D-1)

His newsletter after GED had a positive statement as well.  THANK HIM

Representative Derek Stanford (D-1)

We don’t know him yet- he is new.  BUT, he sent out a newsletter after Gifted Ed Day in support of our cause.  THANK HIM


Representative Marko Liias (D-21)

He is very, very bright- wouldn’t be surprised if he came out of a Highly capable program himself.  This is his first go-around with education.  He is very concerned with bullying issues.  So—talk to him about how Highly Capable kids are often targets of bullying, they are often out on the edges in school environment so they need social emotional support.  The best way to help these kids is to have good programs that meet these needs.  Otherwise we lose them in a variety of ways- to being picked on/ bullying, they develop behavior problems, or dropping out.


Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-21)

She is supportive, but her passion is in Human Services. We want to be very careful not to be perceived as pitting the two against each other.  We are in no way diminishing the need for Human Services, we see these needs in kids in our schools- it is not a competition.  With all the the House Dems, it’s important to make them aware that Highly Capable programs  are not just for the (white) privileged ~ there are children of color, in poverty, who are homeless.    These programs ensure their basic needs in school.  So talk about this in terms of Child Welfare-

Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32)

She is supportive, but her passion is in Human Services. We want to be very careful not to be perceived as pitting the two against each other.  We are in no way diminishing the need for Human Services, we see these needs in kids in our schools- it is not a competition.  With all the the House Dems, it’s important to make them aware that Highly Capable programs  are not just for the (white) privileged ~ there are children of color, in poverty, who are homeless.    These programs ensure their basic needs in school.  So talk about this in terms of Child Welfare-

Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32)

She is supportive, but her passion is in Human Services. We want to be very careful not to be perceived as pitting the two against each other.  We are in no way diminishing the need for Human Services, we see these needs in kids in our schools- it is not a competition.  With all the the House Dems, it’s important to make them aware that Highly Capable programs  are not just for the (white) privileged ~ there are children of color, in poverty, who are homeless.    These programs ensure their basic needs in school.  So talk about this in terms of Child Welfare-