Dear CAG members,
We listened when you told us in your October survey responses that requesting proper academic services for gifted and talented was the most important priority for the majority of you.
Following the survey, and in coordination with the Gifted & Talented Representative at the Ct. Dept. of Education, CAG will support Raised Bill S.B. 911, which has been entered into the legislative pipeline for the current session. The Bill had its first Public Hearing on March 1st in Hartford. Click to read the full text of Raised Bill S.B. 911. Here are four amendments that CAG proposed to the Bill:
- In Section 1 of Raised Bill 911, a clarifying statement should be added requesting that the designated Employee at the Department of Education to be responsible for providing information and assistance on Gifted and Talented resources, be a member of the professional staff, preferably with a title it used to carry in past - "Gifted Consultant" – AND specify that that person's duties should include tasks referred to in Section 2 of the Bill.
- In Section 2 of the Bill, the words "without promoting such students to higher grade levels" should be removed to reflect the widely accepted research findings, that in certain selected cases student's acceleration to a higher grade may be warranted and should be considered. Please refer to testimony of Dr. Catherine Little of UConn who raised that issue as well.
- The scope of Raised Bill 911 include Twice Exceptional Students, a proposal echoed by a few authors of testimony filed before the hearing, including one from the Dyslexia Association of Ct.
- Part 2 of the Bill should include direction for the Department of Education to provide guidelines for gifted students' identification procedures. We have included examples of other states' guideline to our testimony and CAG would be happy to assist the Department of Education with drafting of such guidelines that would fit into the existing state law. Such guidelines would help districts, especially those from under-resourced communities, to better identify their high potential youngsters.
WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO KEEP SENDING LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR RAISED BILL 911, with amendments
PLEASE TAKE 15 MINUTES AND SEND A LETTER AND/OR MAKE A PHONE CALL TO YOUR LEGISLATOR(S).
Two letter templates and a phone call script you may want to use have been provided for your convenience.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW:
1. Find your legislator: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp
2. If your legislator is a member of the Education Committee, proceed to 3), using Sample letter 1. If your legislator is NOT a member of the Education Committee, proceed to 3) using Sample letter 2 (your letter will go to tri-chairs of the Ed Committee. Use all these email addresses to email your tri-chair letter: firstname.lastname@example.org; Slossberg@senatedems.ct.gov; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org ; Alexander.Genovesi@cga.ct.gov; Alexander.Romanowicz@cga.ct.gov)
4. Email the letter (the email address will appear when you click on the legislator's "name/contact" information once you find your local rep following the "find your legislator" link given in 1) above
5. Ideally, follow up with a phone call: Phone call script.
If you have any questions, write to: Bianka Kortlan-Cox, VP Legislation and Public Policy, email@example.com.