CEC, TAG Endorse Advanced Coursework Bill
On Thursday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced the Advanced Coursework Equity Act. The bill would provide $800 million in competitive grants to states and local educational agencies to expand access to advanced coursework to underrepresented students.
Limited access to advanced coursework is a significant equity issue impeding students of color, students with disabilities, and English learners. “Expanding advanced coursework offerings at schools predominantly serving underrepresented students is a critical first step to implementing advanced coursework equity,” Remarked Senator Booker. “Our bill invests in low-income, Black, Latinx, and Native American students, English learners, and students with disabilities, and helps cultivate the genius within them.”
CEC and its Division the Association for the Gifted (TAG) were consulted and provided feedback on the bill during its drafting. Both organizations endorsed the bill alongside more than a dozen national education organizations.
To read a press release about the bill, go here.
To view the bill text, go here.