Advocates

Grassroots Advocacy NEEDS YOU

Now is the time to take action and get involved. Make a difference. Help us help you and your children; read on and find out how you can take part in this tremendous effort for Gifted and Talented and Twice Exceptional students in NYS.

Legislation Update: New York State’s greatest natural resource is its vast untapped human potential. Everyone would benefit if all our children–including those capable of the highest levels of achievement in diverse fields–were able to follow their interests and optimize their potential through education. NYS, communities, districts, schools, teachers, families, and especially our diverse children deserve a more equitable, efficacious, cost-effective educational system in which interests, skills, and talents of individual students are recognized, respected, developed, optimized, and actualized. If we invest in education which optimizes the potential of diverse New York State students at all levels in all fields, then NYS jobs–even the most competitive–will be filled by diverse home-grown NYS talent.

US federal and NYS legislation to promote “gifted and talented” and “twice exceptional” education exists.

Right now you can help promote high-achievement and high-ability students by asking your federal legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate to support the federal TALENT Act. In addition, legislation in New York State to support highly capable learners includes:

  • Bills S02923 and A4265 which require that all school districts establish programs for gifted students.
  • Bills S02922 and A4268 direct that all teachers be trained in the education of gifted students and provides start-up funding for such training.
  • Bills S02880 and A4202 relate to gifted and talented students with special needs and describes the information necessary to be given to school districts concerning the development of programs, curriculum resources, instructional procedures and strategies.

Your individual efforts are necessary for state-level investment in gifted and talented and high-ability students

Diversity11Send your personal letters to your specific NY State Assembly member and your specific NYS Senator. In your letter do include a photo, tell your personal story, and explain why this legislation is important to you or your family. Please include the bill numbers listed above (or even copies of the bills), and ask directly for their support. To provide evidence that such legislation is needed, you could also attach AGATE NY’s “Seven Reasons to Support High-Achievement” document (see below). Always include your name and address and send the letter on paper as well as via email and a phone call. NOTE that e-mails and phone calls alone are not as effective. These bills will only move forward with your help.

Please contact your elected officials:
 
New York State Governor: gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
New York State Senate: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
 (Type in your street address on the top left of the page.)

Click here for a Sample Letter (pdf) 

AGATE resources for distribution:

New York State Assembly Education Committee

Catherine Nolan – Chair
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=037
DISTRICT OFFICE
41-02 Queens Blvd Suite 2B
Sunnyside, NY 11104
718-784-3194

Carmen E. Arroyo
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=084
DISTRICT OFFICE
384 East 149 Street, Suite 301
Bronx, NY 10455
718-292-2901

Michael Benedetto
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=082
DISTRICT OFFICE
177 Dreider Loop, Rm 12
Bronx, NY 10475
718-320-2220

James F. Brennan
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=044
DISTRICT OFFICE
1414 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
718-940-0641

Jane L. Corwin
DISTRICT OFFICE
8180 Main Street
Clarence, NY 14221
718-839-4691

Steve Englebright
DISTRICT OFFICE
149 Main Street
East Setauket, NY 11733
631-751-3094

Earlene Hooper
DISTRICT OFFICE
50 Clinton Street
Suite 214
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-489-6610

Daniel J. O’Donnell
DISTRICT OFFICE
245 West 104th St
New York NY 10025
212-866-3970

Phil Ramos
DISTRICT OFFICE
1010 Suffolk Ave.
Brentwood, NY 11717
631-435-3214

David G. McDonough
DISTRICT OFFICE
404 Bedford Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710
516-409-2070

Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
DISTRICT OFFICE
2302 Main Street
Box 3062
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-2583

Joel M. Miller
DISTRICT OFFICE
3 Neptune Road
Suite A19E
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-463-1635

Al Graf
DISTRICT OFFICE
991 Main Street
Suite 202
Holbrook, NY 11741
631-585-0230

Anthony Brandisi
DISTRICT OFFICE
207 Genesee Street
Room 401
Utica, NY 13501
315-732-1055

Ron Kim
DISTRICT OFFICE
136 – 20 38th Avenue
Suite 10A
Flushing, NY 11354
718-939-0195

Barbara Lifton
DISTRICT OFFICE
106 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-277-8030

Peter Lopez
DISTRICT OFFICE
45 Five Mile Woods Road
Suite 3
Catskill, NY 12414
518-943-1371

William B. Magnarelli
DISTRICT OFFICE
Room 840
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-428-9651

Shelley Mayer
DISTRICT OFFICE
35 East Grassy Sprain Road
406B
Yonkers, NY 10710
914-779-8805

Steven McLaughlin
DISTRICT OFFICE
258 Hoosick Street
Suite 109
Troy, NY 12180
518-272-6149

Walter Mosley
DISTRICT OFFICE
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-596-0100

Dean Murray
DISTRICT OFFICE
1735 N. Ocean Avenue
Suite A
Medford, NY 11763
631-207-0073

Amy Paulin
DISTRICT OFFICE
700 White Plains Rd. Suite 252
Scarsdale, NY 10583
914-723-1115

Edward Ra
DISTRICT OFFICE
825 East Gate Boulevard
Suite 207
Garden City, NY 11530
516-535-4095

Linda Rosenthal
DISTRICT OFFICE
230 West 72nd Street
Suite 2F
New York, NY 10023
212-873-6368

Sean Ryan
DISTRICT OFFICE
936 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
716-885-9630

Claudia Tenney
DISTRICT OFFICE
4747 Middle Settlement Road
P. O. Box 627
New Hartford, NY 13413
845-463-1635

Matthew Titone
DISTRICT OFFICE
853 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
718-442-9932

 

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 Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act 

The Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act (Javits) was first passed by Congress in 19 88 as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to support the development of talent in U. S. schools. The Javits Act, which is the only federal program dedicated specifically to gifted and talented students, does not fund local gifted education programs. The purpose of the Act is to orchestrate a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities that build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students.

The Javits Act focuses resources on identifying and serving students who are traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented programs, particularly minority, economically disadvantaged, limited-English proficient, and disabled students, to help reduce gaps in achievement and to encourage the establishment of equal educational opportunities for all students.

In addition to the demonstration grants, the Javits program funds a National Research and Development Center for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth, which conducts a focused program of research that includes an exploratory study, an impact evaluation, and leadership and outreach activities to ensure that the research informs education practice. The Javits program, like other authorized federal grant programs, must be funded each year by the Congress.

Funding for Javits Program Fiscal Year 2016 funding for the Javits program and other education programs is in a holding pattern. The federal government is currently operating on a “continuing resolution,” which continues the 2015 funding levels for federal agencies and programs through December 11, 2015, after which the deadline must be extended or separate bills that fund federal agencies and programs for the rest of the 2016 fiscal year must be passed. For 2016 the Senate appropriations committee approved $11 million for the Javits program; the House eliminated the program. House and Senate negotiators are working to reconcile differences between the two chambers’ funding levels. Please contact your Representative and Senators via their online email forms and ask them to request that the appropriations committee to continue funding the Javits program in fiscal year 2016 so that critical research that focuses on students typically underrepresented in gifted education can continue. If your state is one of the states that has a 2015 Javits grant, be sure to note that funding is needed in 201 and beyond to complete these important grants.

See more at:  NAGC Javits Act