Gifted Advocacy Action Items

Lend Your Voice: Support Discretionary Grants to Meet the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students
Deadline: November 13

The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) is taking public comments on $700 million in proposed grant priorities, including one grant proposal (Priority 5(c)) to support gifted education. Priority 5(c) proposes using discretionary grants to develop opportunities for disabled students and students with unique gifts and talents, particularly students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not be served by the traditional G/T programs. TAGT encourages G/T Advocates to submit comments supporting Priority 5(c) by the November 13 deadline.
From NAGC:
If this gifted priority is finalized, it would be great news for gifted education, since it could potentially increase the amount of federal funding awarded to support gifted education. 
Proposed Priority 5 (c): 
“(c) Developing opportunities for students who are gifted and talented (as defined in section 8101(27) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended), particularly students with high needs (as defined in this notice) who may not be served by traditional gifted and talented programs, so that they can reach their full potential, such as providing a greater number of gifted and talented students with access to challenging coursework or other materials.”
Link to the Original Federal Register Notice from the Department of Education.

Provide Input on Gifted Education in Texas
Deadline: November 14, December 5, December 6 (See below for locations and dates)

The Texas State Board of Education is developing the Long-Range Plan for Public Education to address the state’s needs and strategic plan for schools through the year 2030. TAGT encourages G/T advocates to provide input on the needs of G/T students at a regional meeting near you.  
          November 14 – Region 7 Education Service Center, Kilgore, 6:30 p.m.
          December 5 – Region 11 Education Service Center, White Settlement, 6:30 p.m.
          December 6 – Dallas County Community College, El Centro West, Dallas, 6:30 p.m.
          February 8 – Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, 6:30 p.m.