I believe ISDs try to do what is right for all kids but, at times, have to make tough choices. When #txlege cut ed funding (which was never fully restored) in 2011, they had to do that. Will GT ed be gone at the next cut? From Twitter

Angie Connell

What are the economic benefits to communities if schools address the needs of gifted students? Less spent on mental health programs if the needs of gifted students are being met. Kids who are being heard, understood and respected don't get as much existential anxiety and depression. ... Plus well supported gifted kids become well adjusted … Continue reading Helen Parris and Tedra Osell

Helen Parris and Tedra Osell

Our district is small, rural, & relatively remote. We have so many equity issues we deal with. Our Ss in underserved populations will not only NOT be served w/funding cuts, they’ll likely not even be identified. It’s an issue of social justice. Cutting funds to #GT programs disproportionately affects rural districts as it widens the gap … Continue reading Linda L. Autrey

Linda L. Autrey

As the Legislature considers special populations in need of dedicated funding, this must include the gifted and talented population. Dallas Morning News column, March 3, 2019: As the Texas Legislature examines school finance, Texas educators, parents and business leaders should agree on the importance of public education for all students. Texas must protect what works … Continue reading Dallas Morning News: Don’t forget gifted and talented students

Dallas Morning News: Don’t forget gifted and talented students

Not only do I have a daughter who is identified as gifted and talented, I work with gifted students every day in my enrichment groups. Gifted students need to be challenged and deserve just as much, if not more attention and individualized instruction as our RTI students. I can’t imagine what my daughter’s academic career … Continue reading Parent & Teacher, Lexington ISD, Lee County, Texas

Parent & Teacher, Lexington ISD, Lee County, Texas

My son is intellectually in the top 2% of school district. Without Aspire GT Academy my son was bored showing many ADHD & ODD symptoms. Having Aspire has changed that. This is just one reason. There are many that affect us as a state & nation. These are our future leaders.

Parent, ASPIRE Academy Middle School, GCISD

“One year, my quirky, super focused, perfectionist daughter was the only GT kid in her classroom [in another Texas school district; not GCISD]. The special treatment from her teacher served to further set her apart from her peers who had already begun to label her as “strange” and “weird.” By second grade, she was being … Continue reading Patty, parent, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Patty, parent, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

My gifted students are curious individuals that have a passion for learning. My students are continuously asking questions to gain greater insight and depth. Surface level knowledge is not appealing to them which makes my heart happy! My students and I have established a classroom environment where we don’t fixate on the product (the grades); … Continue reading Miral Kawasmi, GT and PreAP Chemistry Educator, GCISD, Colleyville, Tarrant Texas

Miral Kawasmi, GT and PreAP Chemistry Educator, GCISD, Colleyville, Tarrant Texas

Mom! Do you think before I was born, I asked God to make me sensitive? No! He just made me this way. So stop telling me not to be so sensitive, I can’t help it. It makes me feel like I’m not a good person and you don’t love me. From a very young age, … Continue reading Harmonie Farrow, Grapevine Elementary, GCISD, Grapevine, Texas

Harmonie Farrow, Grapevine Elementary, GCISD, Grapevine, Texas

We pay for public education with tax dollars, so an educational system that benefits every child is important - and a legal right. We considered private school for our child, however an educationally rigorous program did not exist unless we wanted to transport our son long distances. When the ASPIRE GT program for the highly … Continue reading Conor, 6th grade, GCISD, Texas

Conor, 6th grade, GCISD, Texas