From: Max Derbyshire
Winona Middle School
In May, Governor Mark Dayton voted on the FY2014-15 Budget Recommendations, which proposed to allow school districts to use the money allocated for gifted programs, on anything they wish. It is the school districtsí decision on what to use the money for. Currently, Gifted programs receive $12 per head, which is already low enough. Now, students might not be able to receive the same gifted programming they did before. Students who excel in a subject such as social studies, English, or math need to be challenged, or they canít learn any more. Those types of programs open doors for students; it allows them to stand out, and have the ability to change the world for the better. Without the proper funding, gifted programs would not be structured, and could not benefit the students enough, if not at all. Without gifted programs, students who excel will not be challenged, and will get bored because they arenít going at the speed they learn at. Gifted students should have the challenge of creating a project, or conducting a study. Students get enjoyment when they do something that can help the school, community, or even the country. Gifted students should have the opportunity to speak their opinion, but that isnít possible without funding. If the government can afford to invest $725,000,000 extra into Minnesotaís education system, they can afford at least $12 a head. We should take action and contact the legislature to demand sufficient G.A.T.E. funding.