Help high-ability students succeed! Pass the TALENT Act!

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Help high-ability students succeed! Pass the TALENT Act!

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jack andraka started this petition to U.S. Senate

At 15 years old, I developed a revolutionary new test for early-stage pancreatic cancer that is faster, cheaper, and more accurate than any other test. I was given the youth achievement Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

All of a sudden I was being called everything from a prodigy to a genius! But I think I was just a kid who had the support from teachers who believed in me to take on this huge project.

Unfortunately, that’s something most students don’t have.

So I’m supporting the TALENT Act, a bill in Congress that will help gifted students to have the resources and support from teachers to go on to do great and groundbreaking things. This bill will increase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) opportunities for students and train teachers around the country to recognize high ability students and develop the best instruction to help them succeed. 

Access to quality advanced education is often only available to students in more affluent areas, which means too few students of color, students with disabilities,  or students from low-income households in the U.S. are reaching advanced achievement levels because they aren’t given the opportunities they need to succeed. We can change that by passing the TALENT Act.

Compared internationally, the performance of top students in the United States is behind other nations. So giving our best students the chance to become groundbreaking inventors, scientists, engineers, doctors and more is essential to our country’s future! The TALENT Act will finally make this a focus of the federal government.

Please sign my petition to send a message to Congress that education must be a top priority in 2015 and to do that, we must pass the TALENT Act.

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