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.
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: