On May 23 the Trump Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, and it dismisses the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities—the proposed budget calls for deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Education funding. Without adequate funding for special and gifted education and early intervention programs, efforts to close the achievement gap will be hindered, overall student achievement will lag, high school graduation rates will decline, college access will be obstructed, and college completion rates will fall. Even more disheartening, without adequate funding, too many vulnerable children will be without access to a high quality education.
A major concern to CEC is the complete elimination of funding for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program, the only dedicated federal investment for students with gifts and talents, particularly those from underserved backgrounds. There is a clear national need to develop the talent of the more than 3 million high-ability learners in the United States, whose performance is falling behind that of students in other industrialized nations. It is well documented that students with gifts and talents have learning needs requiring specialized educational services if they are to reach their potential.
CEC calls on Congress to reject the Administration’s budget proposal, repeal the sequestration caps, and increase appropriations for key education and health programs in order to maximize opportunities for children and youth with exceptionalities.
Visit CEC’s Legislative Action Center to tell your members of Congress TODAY to invest in programs for children with exceptionalities and support public education and oppose private school vouchers! We need to maintain the momentum as we advocate for needed investments in special and gifted education, early intervention and research programs for the FY 2018 budget.