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ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER NO. 8

 

POLICY CODE: BJA/IHBB

 

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

 

FROM:           J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE:             September 10, 2002

 

SUBJECT:      Legislation Concerning Gifted and Talented Educational Programs

 

                        2001-2002 EF-S-202:  Annual Update of the Gifted and Talented

                        Educational Program Phase-In Plan for Continuous Program Improvement

 

                        2002-2003 EF-S-206:  Application for Gifted and Talented Educational

                        Program Approval and Approval of Program Costs for State Subsidy

 

 

            In the 119th Legislature Second Regular Session passed, and the Governor signed, legislation providing for the postponement of various educational requirements established through Maine's education reform legislation of 1984.  Educational programs for gifted and talented children were affected by these changes, as follows:

 

Sec. G-3.  20-A MRSA §8104, sub-§1, as amended by PL 1997, c. 696, §5, is 

                 further amended to read:

           

                             1. Establishment.  Each school administrative unit must, commencing

                             with the 1987-1988 school year, establish a plan for phasing in gifted

                             and talented educational programs.  A school administrative unit or part

                             of a school administrative unit is not required to comply with the

                             provisions of its plan during the school years beginning in the fall of

                             1998 2000 and 1999 2001.

 

This Act provides school administrative units additional time, until 2002-2003, to update and phase-in their plans for comprehensive opportunities to learn for gifted and talented students, and to align these efforts with the Learning Results and related standards-based reform initiatives that promote challenging standards and high-level learning opportunities to support distinguished student achievement.

           

            School administrative units have needed  to annually update the goals established in their phase-in plans for developing and implementing gifted and talented programs,

and submit this information annually on the EF-S-202.  School units that have reduced or postponed programs will need to document this status, as well. 

 

            Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, districts must implement their plans to meet the needs of identified gifted students.  School administrative units must file the EF-

S-206, Application for Gifted and Talented Educational Program Approval and may request State subsidy.  By demonstrating that all program components they do implement each year comply with Chapter 104, Educational Programs for Gifted and Talented Children, districts may receive approval from the Commissioner, and be eligible for State subsidy under this program.  All standards, principles, and procedures as delineated in Chapter 104, are now in effect.

 

            Enclosed is the Annual Update packet to report the status of your school administrative unit’s Gifted and Talented Educational Program Phase-In Plan (EF-S-202) at the end of the last school year (2001-2002).  School units that have reduced or postponed programs will need to document this status, as well.  Included are instructions for completing this form, indicating the performance status of goals and desired outcomes in this program area at the end of 2001-2002.

 

            Also enclosed is the 2002-2003 Application for Gifted and Talented Educational Program Approval and Approval of Program Costs for State Subsidy (EF-S-206).  Included are instructions for completing this application that address and clarify the program component information required.  The 2002-2003 Application looks lengthy but will provide each school unit with information for planning effective gifted programs.  In addition to the information that has been included in each application, the areas to be addressed include a continuum for each Gifted and Talented Program Standard.  For each of these standards, a continuum is provided with explanatory information for you to indicate the level of implementation.  You will need to mark each continuum as to the current status of your program.  There is also a comment section for each standard for you to add any additional information or to indicate current or future work related to this standard.  This information will be helpful as you develop your Comprehensive Education Plan during the next year.

 

            The application will be shared and addressed at the Summer GT Institute, and additional regional meetings can be scheduled upon request.

 

            Due to the revisions made in this year’s application, the Update and the Application are both due October 30, 2002.  If you should have questions about any aspect of the update report, or the program application, please contact Wanda Monthey at (207) 624-6831.

 

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