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(105 ILCS 5/14A-10)
The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) that gifted and talented children (i) exhibit
high performance capabilities in intellectual, creative, and artistic areas, (ii) possess an exceptional leadership potential, (iii) excel in specific academic fields, and (iv) have the potential to be influential in business, government, health care, the arts, and other critical sectors of our economic and cultural environment;
(2) that gifted and talented children require
services and activities that are not ordinarily provided by schools;
(3) that outstanding talents are present in children
and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor; and
(4) that inequitable access to advanced coursework
and enrollment in accelerated placement programs exists between children enrolled in different school districts and even within the same school district and more must be done to eliminate the barriers to access to advanced coursework and enrollment in accelerated placement programs for all children.
(Source: P.A. 101-654, eff. 3-8-21.)