Friday, March 14, 2008

Lampe Gifted Bill Clears Committee

Springfield representative Sara Lampe's legislation that would require school districts to establish programs or services for gifted students received approval from a House committee this week.

House Bill 1745 specifically requires the identification of gifted students and the establishment of programs for them.

“I’ve been fighting to restore funding for Missouri’s gifted education programs for three years. This bill will raise awareness for meeting the needs of gifted students," Lampe said.

Lampe said her legislation is a direct result of the 2005 foundation formula, which lumped funding for gifted students into the total funding. According to Lampe, because of this, school districts were not required to maintain their gifted programs.

The bill will now move to the full House for consideration.

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