Opportunities for Equity: Update on Gifted Ed Legislation
by Julie Luck Jensen, Board Chair, IAGC
As new doors finally open for gifted learners through the ESSA (see President Susan Rhodes’s article), IAGC has been asked to partner with One Chance Illinois in crafting legislation that will create equitable educational opportunities for gifted students. One Chance Illinois (OCI) is a 501(c)3 public charity, “dedicated to advancing public policy that expands quality educational options for Illinois children in need.”
For years IAGC has advocated for underrepresented populations at the state and national level. IAGC’s focus has been on identifying and serving high potential and gifted students whose first language, lack of experiences, disabilities, income level or even geographic location have limited their opportunities for appropriately challenging curriculum and instruction. Research documented in reports such as NAGC’s Overlooked Gems and Unlocking Emergent Talent, Jack Kent Cooke’s Achievement Trap, and the Fordham Institute’s High Achieving Students in the Era of No Child Left Behind and Do High Flyers Maintain their Altitude? have informed IAGC’s efforts in seeking legislative support for serving disadvantaged high ability students.