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Bellevue Gifted Program and Education Budget Cuts

by JC, published: 2011-08-04 12:48 viewed: 1586 times
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State legislators representing Bellevue will be available to citizens tonight to answer questions about the state budget, potential impacts to education funding for local school districts and the upcoming legislative session.

The current budget cut proposals include elimination of the K-4 class-size reduction funds and the gifted student program.

State Senator Rodney Tom (D) and Representatives Ross Hunter (D) and Marcie Maxwell (D) will take questions from Bellevue parents and citizens at 7:00 pm tonight at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (WISC) during a regular school board meeting. The Wilburton Instructional Service Center is located at 12241 Main Street Bellevue, WA 98005--just east of the Bellevue Botanical Gardens.

The session with legislators will be videotaped and available later on the Bellevue School District web site.

Learn more about gifted program at Gifted Program

Note: gifted program is not Genius program, kids are very smart in general, but to get good scores, hard work is still very important.
Comments (16)
1. visitor 2011-01-07 02:17
If Washington State decides to cut budget for the gifted program, then it will come down to Bellevue school district. If the BSD has money to support the gifted program, then, the program should survive fine.
2. visitor 2011-01-07 22:27
In fact, other states are facing the same issue. For example, Gifted education program is also in danger in Nebraska.
3. visitor 2011-01-13 03:14
There will be a meeting on Feb 7th to discuss the "Future of gifted education in Bellevue".

The school superintendent is pushing for differentiated instruction, which could mean one teacher teaching children of different levels (both non-gifted and gifted students in one classroom)

Now, that could be a money-saver for BSD I guess.
4. visitor 2011-01-19 07:56
Randy Stocker, Executive Director of Exemplary Programs, and Amalia Cudeiro, Superintendent, will host the meeting on Feb 7 to help parents understand what to expect for the future of gifted program and explain how their vision for differentiated instruction might look for a gifted or highly gifted student.
5. lb 2011-01-19 17:05
I received a response from BSD:

The PRISM program is at NO risk of being eliminated. None. Zero. Really. The availability of state or other funding is not relevant. Each class is equivalent to any other class. 25-30+ students need a teacher; we hire a teacher. It costs nothing extra to run the PRISM Program, and, though we need to improve some aspects of it -- like the flow between grades and the quality of the testing -- but largely everyone is happy with this program.
- Karen Roper
6. visitor 2011-01-19 20:32
That's good news! I guess gifted education is so important for the next generation so there is no way to cut it.
7. visitor 2011-01-19 23:11
I think it's mostly because it doesn't cost any more money. Enrichment is probably still facing the cut.
8. visitor 2011-01-26 02:26
The Bellevue gifted program test for elementary students just finished. That means it is unlikely for BSD to cancel the program this year at least.
9. visitor 2011-01-28 04:33
Funding for the Bellevue School District's gifted program (including enrichment program):

25% funding comes from the Washington State's highly capable funds. The rest of the funding through general education $$ allocated for each student.

There is no specialized funds for gifted program (such as PRISM).
10. visitor 2011-01-31 19:33
Gifted or not gifted? BSD gifted program is filled with kids went to a gift program cramming classes. I suspect the truly gifted kids are not accepted in the program.
11. lb 2011-02-01 00:24
One thing for sure: all kids are very smart in the gift program. Among them, few are extremely smart. I think they are all gifted academically, but it is probably safe to say: 99% of them are not genius. That's why it is not called Genius Program. Chinese translation of the gift program is very misleading.
12. visitor 2011-02-01 04:17
I think the gifted program selection criteria is fairly reasonable. Some of the questions are very challenging. Granted some kids may not be that talented compared to normal school, but, if a kid is not talented, he/she probably can not get into the gifted program.

So, yes, I agree with lb that kids are fairly smart in the gifted program. The Chinese notion of the gifted program is misleading.
13. visitor 2011-02-06 19:21
Feb 11, there will be a Gifted Education Day. Sponsored by Washington Coalition for Gifted Education, Northwest Gifted Child Association, and Washington Association of Educators of the Gifted and Talented, it is the day when parents of gifted students gather in Olympia to let legislators know we value programs for Highly Capable Students.

So the gifted kids could also be called "Highly Capable" students.
14. visitor 2011-04-19 19:39
The Bellevue school district gifted program doesn't get any impact, at least it is not closed ;-) Otherwise, the whole USA education system will be deeply flawed.
15. JC 2011-06-09 05:34
According to the BSD decision on Bellevue Gifted Program, here is the impact for enrichment program. The Enrichment Center program will be transitioned into school based model of instructional support. Next school year, second grade students for enrichment will be served in their home schools in the area of Literacy. In order to do this, selected 2nd grade teachers will receive professional development and coaching so to work wiht gifted students.
16. JC 2011-08-04 12:48
Bellevue gifted program has a new supervisor now. Her name is Teresa Janes, she comes from the Kent School District and has 15 years of experience in teaching gifted students.
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