Today, the House Appropriations Committee began slogging its way through the mark-up of the fiscal year 2017 Labor/HHS/Education bill, which funds the agencies and the programs each agency oversees, including the $12 million for the Javits program. 
by Jesse Lovejoy, Director of STEM Education and the 49ers Museum 
In 2007, Del Siegle, a past president of NAGC authored the Gifted Children’s Bill Of Rights, to provide children a language with which to understand who they are as gifted children and what educational rights they should demand. It gives them a voice. A few years ago, on the evening of July 4th, amid fireworks and flags, I set down to write a Declaration of Educational Independence. 
Children with extraordinary gifts and talents are different and have different needs when it comes to helping them achieve their full potential. We parents, teachers, and advocates often get nervous to call attention to bright children, and many times we fall into the trap of working under the radar or even making ourselves invisible. When we do this, we pull our bright children into the shadows with us. Hiding hasn’t worked in the past and won’t work in the future. We need a new approach to increasing support for the needs of gifted children.
U.S. Education Secretary John King returned to Capitol Hill on June 29, 2016, to discuss with members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee proposed regulations to implement the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).