The $400,000 annual categorical funding (the Highly Capable Grant) that our District receives from the State is used for:The budget is not yet finalized. You can write your state legislators to let them know how important APP is to you and that you oppose eliminating state funding for highly capable education.
a) identification and testing of all students who apply for advanced learning programs (ALO, Spectrum, APP)
b) salary for some staff in the Advanced Learning office who develop and oversee programs
c) a small amount of curriculum and professional development
These funds do not go directly to classrooms, students, or teacher/principal salaries in any of the advanced learning programs. Because our district sees implementation of these programs as basic education for gifted students, students/teachers/principals are funded through the District's general, "baseline" budget, not the state grant, with advanced learning students funded at same rate as most general education students.
[The cut] will be retroactive to September 2010 .... With advanced learning testing done in the fall/winter, and now nearly halfway through the academic year, most of the $400,000 is likely to be spent [and] the District will have a $400,000 hole in their budget which they will need to make up in some other way.
It appears that the APP transportation budget, which comes from a separate funding pot, is not impacted for the rest of this fiscal year.
Update: Rumor has it that funding for highly capable students may have been restored in the state budget?
Update: Lori has more details.
Update: And the funds are cut again.
Update: And back again. Wheeee!