HELP US GET GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN THE 7th and 8th GRADES THRU HB666

Recently, we received a letter from a Clinton Accent Teacher.  Accent is Clinton’s Gift Program.    The teachers request was very simple but she asked for our help.    We wanted to show her how Clinton supports their teachers, programs and school as a whole.  The letter is below.   Please read her simple request letter and the other info in this article.   After that, please reach out to your Mississippi Senator!  Their contact information is at the end of this letter.

Dear Parents,

We received this email from the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children. Every year, many students express how much they wish ACCENT went through 7th grade. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share how we feel with our representatives. 
Thank you,

The Clinton Courier has learned that a bill is currently being considered by the Mississippi House of Representatives to require all school districts to offer gifted education programs in 7th and 8th grades beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Many of our readers who are Clinton graduates have both fond memories of and high praise for their years in Clinton’s ACCENT (Academically Challenging Creative Education Needed Today) program. Current ACCENT students come home with glowing reviews of their time in their gifted classes, and older alum even recount the days when ACCENT was offered at the junior high level. Unfortunately, Clinton Public Schools now only offers ACCENT from the second through the sixth grade. If this bill passes, CPSD students at Clinton Jr. High would have the option to continue their ACCENT experience for an additional two years, providing them with valuable resources, opportunities and learning advancement.

We at The Clinton Courier believe in a quality and robust education for ALL students, including gifted ones; and we would like to encourage all of our readers who feel the same to IMMEDIATELY send an email or a letter to all of our current  Senate legislators expressing your support for this bill, House Bill 666 (HB666).

From problem solving to independent studies, from leadership to originality, from critical thinking to research, and from self-reflection to group dynamics, the ACCENT program has long been a staple for Clinton schools. Let’s join together to expand it, so that it can once again be offered to our junior high students!

We don’t know when the House will vote on this bill, but we know things tend to happen fast….so please consider drafting a quick email and sending it to these Mississippi representatives ASAP:

We have provided the list of our representatives below.  If you know people in other districts that would like to help push this bill, they can find their representatives HERE. 

 Want to keep up with the status of this bill, check it out here!

Legislators Representing Clinton Public School District

Click Here to Email All Legislators in the Clinton Public School District

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Mississippi State Senate Contacts for Clinton/Hinds County

Hillman T. Frazier: District 27 (Hinds)
(601) 359-2886
hfrazier@senate.ms.gov
2066 Queensroad Avenue Jackson MS 39213

John Horhn: District 26 (Hinds)
(601) 362-1045
(601) 359-2395
jhorhn@senate.ms.gov
Post Office Box 2030 Jackson MS 39225

Sollie B. Norwood: District 28 (Hinds)
(601) 352-1205
(601) 359-2224
snorwood@senate.ms.gov
Post Office Box 20192 Jackson MS 39289

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