Election Day Brings HPISD, DISD Bond Vote

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JJ Rhoads Learning Center is one of the schools that will benefit from the DISD bond package (Photo by Bethany Erickson)
JJ Rhoads Learning Center is one of the schools that will benefit from the DISD bond package (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

It’s Election Day, and if you haven’t already voted during early voting, you have until 7 p.m. to find your polling place and cast your ballot for or against several amendments to the state constitution. And there’s also a good chance you’ll be voting about a school bond, too, since both the Highland Park Independent School District and the Dallas Independent School District are both holding bond elections.

And listen, you’ve seen how I’m voting. You know how I feel about voting. And I wrote an earlier story here. You may have even seen several important  discussions about what you may be hearing (erroneously) about the DISD bond vote. So I won’t belabor the point.

But I will say this: See this picture atop the story? That’s JJ Rhoads Learning Center in the Fair Park area. I spend two days a week there, tutoring a wonderful kid. JJ Rhoads is getting a whole new school, one that will allow the school to expand its Pre-K program, something that will only help improve the odds that things improve with the Lincoln High School feeder pattern as children have a better chance to get an early start at the goal of reading at grade level by third grade – something that makes all the difference in so many aspects of a student’s graduation prospects.  Why does JJ Rhoads need a new school? Take a look at this.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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