'Educational and fun': GCISD stakeholders attend Texas PTA's Rally Day

GCISD's Council of PTAs traveled to Austin for Texas PTA's Rally Day. GCISD's Council of PTAs traveled to Austin for Texas PTA's Rally Day on Feb. 27.[/caption]

On Feb. 27, members of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD's Council of PTAs, along with community members and students, traveled to Austin for Texas PTA's Rally Day.

Doug Noell, legislative advocacy chairman for GCISD's Council of PTAs, said during the caucus and rally attendees heard from legislators from both parties who were advocates for public education.

"It was a welcome relief from the rhetoric we have heard recently from some federal and other state officials," he said.

The group met with Sen. Konni Burton, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione and Rep. Jonathan Stickland. They also met with key staff members of Sen. Jane Hancock, Sen. Kelly Hancock and Rep. Matt Rinaldi.  However, they were unable to get an appointment with GCISD’s other state legislator, Sen. Don Huffines, or his staff.
The local priorities the group advocated for were:


  • de-emphasize State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

  • oppose vouchers and ESA programs that are not financially or educationally accountable to the taxpayers;

  • support adequate school funding;

  • pursue a meaningful accountability system; and

  • strengthen the bullying/cyberbullying laws to protect students.


"It was educational and fun to see our state government in action while also giving many community members the opportunity to meet other concerned citizens in our area and beyond," Noell said.
By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.


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