Skip to content

Ohio Senate Cuts Gifted Education Funding

May 29, 2009

According to the OAGC (Ohio Association for Gifted Children), the Ohio Senate has returned its revised budget and, “while holding the rest of the education budget harmless, the Ohio Senate cut gifted funding by almost 12% taking funds from $48,008,613 down to $42,542, 293.”

I must admit that I am rather taken aback by this news – I thought that the testimony of gifted children just last month to the Ohio Senate Education Committee would help carry the day, finally, for gifted children in the State of Ohio. I believed that when push came to shove, the State would recognize that gifted identification and education were in the best interest of the State and its future. How shortsighted.

The good news is that the gifted advocacy community in Ohio is a pretty vocal bunch. Please contact any or all of the Senators on the contact list, by email or phone, and let them know how you feel. The contact information and greater detail about this complex budget can be found at OAGC’s Advocacy Alert page. But don’t delay – these words from OAGC on May 28th say it all:

“The committee expects to release the substitute budget bill on Friday at 3:00 PM. They will take public testimony on Saturday, conduct no hearings on Sunday or Monday, and will possibly vote the bill out of committee Tuesday or Wednesday. It is clear that the Senate plans to push the budget bill through with as little input from the public as possible.” Let’s not let that happen!

Advertisements
2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2009 1:20 am

    I made my five phone calls – left messages for the Senators (Friday evening) – took 13 minutes. If I can accomplish this, everyone can. Please speak up, parents and educators!

  2. June 8, 2009 5:01 am

    Wow, that is disappointing. Still, you are tens of millions of dollars ahead of Illinois in terms of gifted funding.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: