Yesterday, I wrote about the zeroing out of Javits Act funding in the proposed 2010 federal budget. This money would fund research on how to serve disadvantaged (poor, limited-English proficient, disabled, etc.) gifted students.
Some grants the program makes are multi-year (like this one) and those research projects are in danger if this loss of funding becomes a reality.
You can take action now at FundGiftedEducation.com. Please take a minute today to write a letter - especially if your House member is on the Appropriations Committee.
If the bill proceeds through the Appropriations Committee tomorrow without the $7.5 million this program needs it will be next to impossible to add it when it hits the House floor.
Below are some quotes from letters people have written:
If you are a special education student in the US your needs are required to be met by US law. Gifted/Talented/High-Ability students are not covered. The only fund at the federal level for gifted students are for research into serving disadvantaged (poor, limited-English proficient, disabled, etc.) gifted students. These funds, known as the Javits Act or Javits program, are zeroed out in the 2010 federal budget.
Every year we (the National Association for Gifted Children, the Council for Exceptional Children, and dedicated parents and teachers) have to fight against a reduction or a zeroing out. The program needs a minimum of $7.5 million a year. In the scheme of things, this is a pittance and doesn't make up for the unfairness of a system that doesn't support every learner.
There are less than 24 hours to contact members of the House Appropriations Committee to get the money added back to the 2010 budget before it goes to the floor. Please go to FundGiftedEducation.com to write your representative - especially if they are member of the Appropriations Committee.
Protests are good, but we also have to rejuvenate ourselves. I was shocked to discover that a movie with Liam Neeson was only open in 188 theaters
nationwide compared to The Polar Express at 3,650 theaters[1
]. In the 3 weeks it's been open it's only grossed $826,679 compared to it's $11,000,000 budget[2
]. A movie needs to make 3 times it's budget to be considered sucessful. It's also a fact that movies make the most money in their first weeks and then make progressively less each week. With all of these facts combined the picture is currently grim but we have the power to change it just as MoveOn contributed to Fahrenheit 9/11's sucess.
This movie is great. It's a very positive movie with stars including Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell(Batman), Tim Curry, John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun), and Oliver Platt (The West Wing). We can not allow this movie to fail or more positive coverage of GLBT people and quite frankly just plain old discussion of sex in mainstream films won't happen. Not to mention it's very uplifting and encouraging.
Here's what you can do to help -