ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-07-054

Date Created : 10/19/2006


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
GT - Act 56: Recognition of Outstanding Gifted and Talented Program

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann § 6-42-104

Contact Person:
Ann M. Biggers, Administrator, Programs for Gifted Education

Phone Number:


Ark. Code Ann. Sec. 6-42-104(h)(6) (as amended by Act 56 of the 1983, First Extraordinary Session), states that the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children shall:

“Select on an annual basis not more than three educational programs for gifted and talented students operated by local school districts for recognition as outstanding programs. The programs so recognized shall be eligible to receive an award of not more than $3,000 from funds appropriated to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) for the purpose of making awards to outstanding educational programs.”

Attached is an application with detailed instructions to be used when submitting a district’s program to be considered as an outstanding gifted and talented program. Award recipients for the past three years are not eligible to apply for a 2007 award. These districts are: 2004 – East End, Arkadelphia, and Benton; 2005 – Riverside, Beebe, and Pulaski County Special School District; 2006 – Mayflower, Atkins, and Fort Smith.

Please make this information available to the person in charge of gifted programs. APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 5, 2007. Mailing address is on the application instruction page.

Awards will be presented at the Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) Conference, February 12, 2007, in Little Rock. Selected districts will be contacted no later than February 7-9, 2007, and invited to attend the awards luncheon at the conference.


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