HB 2366 Modifies provisions related to gifted children

     Handler: Hoskins

Current Bill Summary

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HB 2366 - Under current law, when a sufficient number of children are determined to be gifted and their development requires programs or services beyond the level of those ordinarily provided in regular public school programs, school districts may establish special programs for such gifted children. Approval of such programs shall be made by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education based upon project applications submitted by July 15 of each year.

Under this act, if three percent or more of students enrolled in a school district are identified as gifted, the district is required to establish a state-approved gifted program for gifted children. If a school district has an average daily attendance of 350 students or fewer, the district's gifted program shall not be required to provide services by a teacher certified to teach gifted education. Any teacher who provides gifted services through the program, and is not certified, shall annually participate in at least six hours of professional development focused on gifted development. These provisions shall apply to school year 2024-25 and all subsequent school years.

Approval of such programs shall be made by the Department based upon project applications submitted at a time and in a form determined by the Department.

This act is similar to SB 806 (2022), SCS/SB 151 (2021) and to provisions in the perfected HS/HCS/HB 306 (2021), and is similar to SB 645 (2020), HB 112 (2019), HCS/SS/SB 218 (2019), HB 136 (2019), HB 1435 (2018), and HB 1030 (2017).

JAMIE ANDREWS


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