Two things for this newsletter:
It's time to contact your legislators!
The Senate Republicans passed their budget bill (ESSB 5048) last Friday, and the House Democrats are on track to pass their budget bill (HB 1067) this Friday. The bills have significant differences, and we expect some long and difficult negotiations between the two parties. Today is the best time to get your voice heard.
The proposed 2017-2018 funding levels for highly capable programs in either budget won't even allow districts to continue the services they offer today. Neither House nor Senate budget proposal addresses the persistent and pervasive under funding of gifted education, and both will do harm to our state's gifted learners.
Both House and Senate proposals aim to limit services to 2.314% of our state's enrollment, or about 25,530 students. In 2015-2016, districts identified and served 63,551 gifted students.
Learn more, plus exactly how to find and contact your legislator
It's time to register for summer programs!
Registration for summer programs is already well underway.
Great news! After a year away, CTY is back in Washington this summer at Seattle University. They offer terrific programs for kids grades 7 and up. If you missed the registration for UW Robinson Center programs, which fill up SUPER fast (often same day!), these are a great alternative.
There are TONS of other programs available as well, on topics from music to math to wilderness awareness to live-aboard sailing adventures.
See our giant list of summer programs
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