GIFTED ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI

2019 State Advocacy Agenda

The Gifted Association of Missouri requests your advocacy on the following issues:

FUNDING FOR GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Support legislation that requires every school in Missouri provide state approved gifted
education programs for students identified as “gifted” under section 162.675 and that all program
services are provided by teachers with a valid certification in gifted education.
MISSOURI SCHOLARS ACADEMY & MISSOURI FINE ARTS ACADEMY
Support state funding for the Missouri Scholars Academy and Missouri Fine Arts
Academy for June, 2020.
*  The Scholars Academy is a three-week residential program at MU for 330 high school
juniors who are academically gifted;
*  The Fine Arts Academy is a three-week residential program at MSU for 150 rising high
school juniors and seniors who are gifted in the arts.
MISSOURI SCHOOL FOUNDATION FORMULA FUNDING

Support increased funding for the Missouri School Foundation Formula. Support $3.7 billion
appropriation in House Bill 2 for the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

OTHER GIFTED FACTS & FIGURES

*  $24,870,104 was appropriated for gifted education in FY2006. There were 295 school
districts with state approved gifted programs. In FY2007, this amount was rolled into the
new foundation formula. Without this line item providing earmarked funding for state
approved gifted programs, those funds can be spent on other programs, and there are now
only 215 school districts offering state approved gifted programs.
If you have questions, please contact GAM’s Governmental Consultant, Kyna Iman, at kynaiman@earthlink.net

2019 GAM DAY AT THE CAPITOL IS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, AT 11:00 AM