On March 11th Senator Grassley (R-IA), Senator Mikulski (D-MD) and Senator Casey (D-PA) introduced the To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation’s Teachers Act, better known as the TALENT Act (S. 512). The following day, two representatives from your TAG Board visited Capital Hill asking our Senators and Congressmen for their support.
The TALENT Act expands the education debate by focusing on gifted, high-ability students—particularly those from low-income or minority backgrounds—who have been overshadowed in a U.S. educational system that focuses on its struggling, low-achieving students.
How You Can Help
Urge Our TN Senators to Co-Sponsor the TALENT Act by emailing or calling their offices asking for their support.
What's the Message?
As the top republican on the Senate education committee, Senator Lamar Alexander will be closely involved in the revision of ESEA, making your communications with him about the need to include gifted students in federal K-12 education law, all the more important. Both he and Senator Corker need to hear from you about how important it is that some portion of federal teacher training funds be used to ensure that classroom teachers, principals, and others in school settings, are able to spot indicators of talent and respond appropriately. We ask that Senator Alexander support the TALENT Act in HELP Committee meetings as they work on the revision on ESEA.
We ask that Senator Corker sign the Dear Colleague Letter that was circulated throughout the Senate on Friday, March 22 by Senators Grassley, Casey, and Mikulski.
How to Make Contact
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has a form letter that you can use to send to the offices of Senators Alexander and Corker. You can send this letter as it is, or make modifications to personalize it to fit your message. Click here to open that letter.
You can also form your own email or call each office. Contact for each office is listed below. If calling, ask to speak with someone who works with educational issues for the Senator.
Senator Alexander: Email or call (202) 224-4944
Senator Corker: Email or call (202) 224-3344
Want to know more? Click here to read NAGC's explanation of the TALENT Act
Read the entire bill introduced to the Senate
Track the TALENT Act (S.512) as it moves through the process on Capital Hill
For more information email Megan Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org), TAG Board President