Is Our District Purposely Misleading Parents About GATE Funding? You Be The Judge.

The district's website has a GATE page on their website describing the Gifted and Talented Education GATE program. Here is what BUSD says about the funding for the GATE programs:

During the state budget crisis the State of California moved GATE funds to meet the deficit in the general budgets of California's school districts. As a result GATE programs are not funded for the period of 2008 to 2013. Beaumont Unified School District will continue GATE screening and testing during this time to allow classroom teachers the opportunity to identify the special needs of GATE students.

Here is what the State of California's Department of Education's site says about GATE funding by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) on their Gifted and Talented Education Frequently Asked Questions Page:

  • LEAs with approved GATE applications will continue to receive GATE funding through 2012-13 based on their 2008-09 GATE funding apportionment.
  • LEAs may utilize all of their GATE funds to provide services for identified GATE students or they may use all or part of their GATE funds for other educational purposes and/or other categorical programs.
  • LEAs may determine whether they will implement any or all of the GATE program requirements related to ensuring parent participation in recommending policy for planning, evaluating, and implementing the district GATE program.
  • LEAs will be deemed to be in compliance with the GATE program and funding requirements contained in statutory, regulatory, and provisional language. 

 

I reported here back on November 4th that the district was exercising their option granted by the state to sweep GATE funds into the general fund. Why do they state the State of California moved GATE funds to meet the deficit in the general budgets of California's school districts? And why do they not take credit for the decision not to fund GATE programs through 2013 even though they will still be receiving the funds from the state?