Why Triple Funding to $39PPU? As we began this effort we recognized that the $13 PPU had not incentivized districts to embrace the “May-Must” requirement.  Too few districts had chosen to bring their gifted programs into reality. “May” does not work, but, “Must”, will.  We also recognized that programming for an effective gifted program requires resources not always available in schools.  The $13 PPU is not sufficient.  $39 PPU will incentivize districts to bring gifted programming back. With only a third of the districts in the state have had gifted programs over the last two decades, a mandate would require all districts in the state to have gifted programs.  That change is long overdue.  But these dollars serve another purpose.  Those dollars would impact all students.   Because the school age population is changing and the workplace is changing, our students need a different type of preparation.  This legislation would expect all students to be taught, with fidelity, advanced thinking skills. The legislation requires all students to be taught critical and creative thinking, inquiry learning and problem based learning, along with how to work collaboratively. These skills and practices, if taught with consistency and fidelity, would result in all students, K-12, being better prepared to participate in more rigorous coursework in high school and be prepared to take post high challenges in trade schools or college.