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Policy And Advocacy Overview

IAGC needs you to advocate for important issues affecting advanced learners! 


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Get Involved:

Please consider attending one or more of the following Illinois State Board of Education meetings to ask questions/raise awareness of the need for funding for all children with gifts and talents. For talking points please contact Julie Luck Jensen (contact information below)

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Hearings 

  •      10/16 East St. Louis
  •      10/23 A#:30-5:30 Bloomington
  •      11/ 6  3:30-5:30 Mt. Vernon

For details about time and locations of Budget Hearings:

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) meetings:

      •      10/15 East St. Louis
      •      11/22 Thompson Center
      •      12/18  ISBE Board of Education, Springfield, Illinois

For details about time and locations of ISBE meetings:

Learn about IAGC Advocacy Initiatives: 

2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Click the links below to learn more about these advocacy efforts and next steps for the IAGC Policy and Advocacy Committee:

Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421) - Illinois: Effective July 1, 2018

  • Increases student access to appropriate acceleration opportunities by requiring that districts develop policies permitting different types of accelerated placement

School Report Card Act (Public Act 100-0364)  - Illinois: Effective January 1, 2019

  • Requires that data regarding the availability of gifted programming and teachers with gifted endorsements be published on the Illinois Report Card

    Untapped Potential Act – Illinois:  Signed into law June 2016

        • Revised the Illinois School Code to ensure alignment with best practices for identifying gifted students

    Dual Credit Legislation (Public Act 100-0792) - Illinois: signed into law August 2018, effective January 1, 2019

        • IAGC supported a bipartisan bill amending the dual enrollment and dual credit section of the IL School Code
        • Law provides "qualified student shall be allowed to enroll in an unlimited amount of dual credit course and earn an unlimited amount of academic credits from dual credit course if the course are taught by an Illinois instructor as provided under the Dual Credit Quality Act"

    Every Student Succeeds Act - Federal Education Law Reauthorized December 2015

    • Underlies much of Illinois State Plan and state-level policy advocacy for gifted children and advanced learners
    • District/school plans and advocacy
    • Federal Advocacy

    Explore Additional Resources: 

    To visit the IAGC Advocacy References, Resources, and Research Page, Select the Link Below: 

    References, Resources and Research 

        • Illinois Gifted Education Law and Background 
        • Why Policy Support for Gifted Students is Important 
        • Resources on How to Advocate Effectively for Gifted Students 
        • Model Policies and Key Research 

    We Need Advocates Like You!  

    How to Get Involved:

    Contact the Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair for more information:

    Julie Luck Jensen -
    Mark your calendar for the next quarterly IAGC Policy and Advocacy Committee meeting. Committee Meetings always take place on the mornings of board meetings.  See our home page 


    Contact Us:

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    1500 Sullivan Road
    Aurora, IL 60506

    Ph: 630-907-5047
    Fax: 630-907-5976

    email us:

    The Illinois Association for Gifted Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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