Two dozen members of Congress have called on leaders of the House Appropriations Committee to reinstate $7.5 million in funding for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the only federal program dedicated to gifted education.
CEC, its members and others in the gifted education community, including the National Association for Gifted Children, led a strong advocacy campaign urging Representatives to join in the effort to reject eliminating funding for the Javits program.
Calling the decision to de-fund the Javits program a “mistake”, Representatives from both political parties – led by Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA) – stated that the “nation is failing high-ability, low income students” and rebutted claims that Javits funding should be cut in order to address the growing national deficit stating, “… completely eliminating this funding would jeopardize gifted and talented programs throughout the U.S. while doing little to improve our budgetary situation.”
Future funding for the Javits program still remains unclear as Congress has only passed a stopgap measure to temporarily maintain federal funding for most programs until December 3rd. CEC will provide information about future advocacy opportunities to reinstate Javits funding. While this blog will post this information, if you would like to receive information directly, email: [email protected] with “gifted advocacy” in the subject line.