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Why should I consider a candidate’s opinion about gifted education when I vote? What are some common questions from the GT/advanced academics community for its elected officials? Click here to jump down this page for Voting Resources!
2023 GCISD School Board Election
Annual SAGE Event!
It’s especially important for families of gifted & talented students in GCISD to recognize that our school board has sole oversight of our GT LEAD, ASPIRE, Advanced Academics, and accelerated math telescoping programs. School districts do not receive adequate designated state funding or any federal funding for gifted & advanced programs. We rely on our school board to support & fund these programs.
To find out about the candidates before you vote, please attend our:
Update: You’ll find videos of all the candidates on our Facebook page.
“Conversations with the Candidates”
at the GCISD Professional Development & Education Center (PDEC)
5800 Colleyville Blvd.
on Tuesday, April 11th
at 6:30 p.m.
GC-SAGE annually hosts an event for the candidates for GCISD School Board of Trustees. As we do every year, all trustee candidates are invited to participate. Each candidate in attendance will have approximately 15 consecutive minutes to share their views on issues important to the GT/advanced academics community and engage us in conversation about these issues.
This year, we will be providing the candidates with a list of topics that will be generated from questions submitted by YOU. Please check your email and take a moment to complete the form so that we can be sure the candidates know what is important to our GCISD and SAGE community.
Meet the Candidates for GCISD School Board of Trustees
Vote for 1 candidate per place for the School Board of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District. Click here for full election info from the district.
- David Stine
- Sergio Harris
- A. J. Pontillo
- Mary Humphrey
- Mark Wollin
- Kimberly Phoenix
When to Vote
Early Voting: April 24th to May 2nd, 2023. Vote Early at any Tarrant County Early Voting Location, including Colleyville City Hall, The REC of Grapevine, and the Euless Family Life Senior Center.
Election Day: Saturday, May 6th, 2023. Watch this space for location information.
Elections In Your City
Why consider a candidate’s views about GT/advanced academics when voting in a local or state election?
- There is NO federal requirement for states or districts to provide services for gifted students.
- In 2019, despite several years of advocacy efforts of statewide GT educators and families, Texas state lawmakers eliminated the line item for GT funding from the Texas state education budget that had been in place since the 1980s.
- Funding and oversight of GT services are in the hands of the local school boards and state legislators.
- Excellence in gifted and talented education has bipartisan support: gifted education makes economic sense and is critical for equity in opportunity. Read the editorial in The Dallas Morning News that GCSAGE signed: “As the Texas Legislature reforms school finance, don’t forget gifted and talented students”
What are some common questions from the GT/advanced academics community for its elected officials?
General. What are the most important issues at hand for Gifted, ASPIRE, accelerated courses, and Advanced Placement (pre-AP and AP)?
District (or State) Spending. Do you think the current levels of spending should be different? If so, at what priority level would you place gifted services? What is your commitment to continuing the current level? Do you anticipate that the district will need to cut some of its specialized programs? What would you recommend? How can we move a greater percentage of the budget to our teachers? Will you commit to doing this? Where will that money come from?
Professional Development of Teachers. Universities’ education bachelor degree programs typically require little coursework or training in the area of supporting gifted learners. What are your recommendations for the continued education of our teachers, administrators, and educational staff in the area of gifted education?
Social/Emotional Support. What are your ideas for ways to support the social and emotional intensities of gifted students?
Elementary GT LEAD. What is your support for elementary students who are identified as gifted and need services such as extra critical thinking challenges and social/emotional support?
ASPIRE Academy. Explain your support for GCISD’s ASPIRE Academy. Do you agree with the changes suggested in the 2019 ASPIRE Program Review? What do you see as immediate improvements needed for ASPIRE Academy?
Advanced Placement (secondary level). Many high school students participate in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Would you recommend changing anything about the AP program?
High School GPA weighting. How do you feel GPA weighting impacts our students?
College readiness. How can the district improve its guidance for gifted students interested in top tier universities? What are ways to help them prepare for a top score on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT? How could the district support college visits to top tier universities?
2e. Research shows that 2e (twice exceptional) students are commonly overlooked for gifted programs. How would you support students who are 2e?
Equity. National GT experts suggest that a district’s identified GT population should reflect its general population (within 5% to 10%). What are your suggestions for how to identify and serve students from underrepresented populations?
Acceleration. Math telescoping in early grades enables students to be ready for accelerated math in middle school, then the highest levels of math classes in high school (Calculus BC, Differential Equations, etc). What is your support for continuing or expanding GCISD’s math telescoping program? Would you add additional subjects to the acceleration program? What is your opinion about acceleration as a solution for serving gifted learners?
Advocacy. Have you advocated to our State Legislators for funding for public education in general, and GT specifically?
Which candidates will be on my ballot?
Texas Education Agency (TEA) Gifted & Talented Information
- Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students
- Texas Education Agency > Special populations > Gifted and Talented Education