As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, GCSAGE does not favor, oppose, or endorse any Candidates. The views and opinions expressed by the Candidates are those of the Candidates and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of GCSAGE. We strive to provide information to our Community about candidates who are seeking public office. Bookmark this page and follow us on social media @GCSAGE for updates.

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!

2024 GCISD School Board Election

Annual SAGE Event!

GCSAGE “Conversations with the Candidates”

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.

Why is there a need for the district to spend more money for GT than what comes from the state? 2500 gifted and talented kids live in GCISD. They bring $15 million to the district – just because they are enrolled here. The state caps the number of GT kids they will pay for at 5%. GCISD has more GT students than the state provides funds for because GCISD has built a superior gifted program from 1st-12th grade, and families have flocked to it. It’s a case of “if you build it, they will come.” Choosing to spend only the obligated amount on GT would result in 1800 gifted-identified students not receiving services. SAGE would not support such cuts; we advocate for a strong program in GT, ASPIRE, math telescoping, accelerated classes, and Advanced Placement.

Originally posted Facebook Sage public page April 2024

To find out about the candidates before you vote, please attend our event:

“Conversations with the Candidates”

at Cross Timbers Middle School SAC
on April 16th at 7:00 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.

Watch the recording of candidates who attended: View On Facebook

To see where all four candidates sit on GT-related issues, we encourage you to also watch the recording of the Council of PTAs Forum, where a GT question comes up about one hour into the event.

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.

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When to Vote

Early Voting: April 22th to April 30th, 2024. Vote Early at any Tarrant County Early Voting Location, including updated locations Colleyville Recreation Center Annex A, The Grapevine Library, and the Euless Family Life Senior Center.

Election Day: Saturday, May 4th, 2024. Watch this space for location information.

Preview your ballot at Tarrant County Elections or via Vote411.

Elections In Your City

Voting Resources

Why consider a candidate’s views about GT/advanced academics when voting in a local or state election?

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

GCISD Advanced Academics