Step 1:Find Your Legislators: Go to https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp Search by town/municipality or by their name or Legislative district. Once you find one of your state legislators, click the link to open his/her webpage. At the top center of the page is a mailing address, a phone number, and a link to use electronic mail. When you click it, three names will show (your state senator, two assembly persons). You can send the same message to all 3, so check each box, please.
Step 2: Fill in your Contact Information:
Complete the contact information using your home address. Elected officials check on voters (party affiliation and how often you vote): Subject: choose EDUCATION from the drop down menu of options Affiliation: Leave this blank, as you are writing as an individual. NJAGC will send official requests too but your voice carries more weight as a voter. Email subject: A4710/S3258
Step 3: Write Your Message:
(You can copy and paste the sample message or create your own. Use local examples or share the impact on you/your family/ your job)
As a (parent or educator) of gifted children, I am requesting your support for The Strengthening Gifted Education Act, A4710/S3258.
This bill will fix a problem of policy on paper but not in practice. Currently NJ’s Administrative Code has vague requirements that may or may not assure an appropriate education for gifted learners in grades K-12. In NJ’s 600+ school districts, awareness of and consideration for the academic and emotional needs of our 140,000 gifted students varies greatly, and in some LEAs does not exist. This law will provide critical information about a student’s consideration for services as part of the individual’s permanent record, require information about gifted education on the LEA’s website, and will define a process for complaints. In addition, each district will report the number of gifted students identified and the variety of modifications provided at each grade level. as well as the number of specialized staff educating gifted children. This information will provide critical data to use when applying for federal grants, as well as help the Department of Education focus on issues of excellence, equity, access, and guidance for LEAs about gifted education.
As your constituent, I hope to hear from you soon with information about how you will help move A4710/S3258 into law.
Look at this list: Do any of your state reps hold key positions in the NJ legislature? If yes, add this to your call or email or form “As my elected state representative, and as (name their role or position) I know you are in a position to help move these bills along. Can I count on your support? *Will you become a cosponsor?”
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