Posted by: ACFE Inc | May 20, 2011

Action Alert: HR 1891

ACTION ALERT: Call your elected officials and ask them to vote AGAINST HR 1891. Do not vote to eliminate the authorizing language for the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program from the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Here is a website with a form allowing you to e-mail them directly: http://capwiz.com/cek/issues/alert/?alertid=47182556

Background: H.R. 1891 would eliminate the authorizing language for Javits, which is currently included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Without this authorizing language the Javits program would cease to exist. In a statement, Congressman Duncan Hunter, (R-CA), who introduced the bill stated: “It’s time to eliminate – not consolidate, not defund, but eliminate – 43 wasteful K-12 education programs.” H. R. 1891 will eliminate the sole federal program focused on meeting the needs of gifted students. The Javits supports the National Research Center for the Gifted and Talented and research grants in gifted education. The Javits funding has always focused on gifted children from low income families as well as from disadvantaged backgrounds. Eliminating the authorizing language for the Javits sends a strong message that gifted children are not important, including those from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds. In a time in which gifted children offer hope in a period of economic downturn and global competition, ensuring the bright future of gifted children needs to be a top priority.

http://www.policyinsider.org/2011/05/urge-congress-to-vote-no-on-eliminating-education-programs-.html

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