Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, offers some interesting thoughts on education budgeting in Missouri in an interview with Dave Catanese of KY3 Blog, including the notion that gifted education has been receiving the short end of the stick:
"The formula took money away from the gifted education program to make the formula work," she said. "They took that money out of categoricals and rolled it in to make it work. Now funding for gifted programs is non-existent. Folks will tell you, oh it's in the formula. But the only reason the gifted program has existed for years back to 1973 is because money was allocated specifically for that. You had to write a grant for that. It's no longer there. The state department had to meet 2 weeks ago and change regulations because there was no money for that. Are gifted programs going to be non-existent in Missouri?," Lampe asked.