25,000 is the magic number we need to reach in order for the White House to issue an official response to a petition asking the Obama Administration to address gifted education.
So far we have only 1,100 signatures. Can we count on you to sign the petition?
Need convincing? Here are 5 reasons to sign the petition:
5. Currently, there is no federal investment in gifted education. The sole program supporting gifted ed was eliminated last year.
3. A growing “excellence gap” – the achievement gap at the top levels of academic performance - between African American, Hispanic, or students from low-income backgrounds and their Caucasian and more advantaged peers will take decades to close
2. 90% of teachers in a national survey reported that they would like more professional development to better educate high-ability students.
1. All students deserve meaningful access to a challenging education.
Specifically, the petition is in support of the TALENT Act, legislation endorsed by both CEC and the National Association for Gifted Children. This bill would ensure that accountability systems include students with gifts and talents, provide increased professional development in gifted education for educators, focus on underserved populations in gifted education, and support the research and development of best practices.