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Area high school students enrolled in construction trade vocational programs were able to network with contractors, builders, and vendors at the Dallas Builders’ Show, held last week in Plano. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

Area builders and contractors who attended the Dallas Builders’ Show last week didn’t just get the lowdown on the latest in engineered wood or backsplashes – they also had the opportunity to meet the students that will be their future workforce.

The Dallas Builders Association has made good on its desire to help local high school programs by providing networking and internship opportunities to students learning construction trades.

Last spring, the group hosted a group of students from Skyline High School’s construction program at one of Classic Urban Homes job sites.

Last Thursday, the DBA hosted more than 100 students from several area high schools at its annual trade show event in Plano. Students from Arlington, Dallas, Garland, and Grand Prairie mingled with builders and vendors, snagging business cards and making connections. (more…)

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The existence of Dallas County Schools hangs in the balance of an upcoming November vote (Photo courtesy Dallas County Schools).

Editors Note: CandysDirt.com reached out to Dustin Marshall, who has advocated for ending Dallas County Schools, for his thoughts on the matter. We also reached out to Dallas County Schools with the same question and received no response.

By Dustin Marshall
Special Contributor

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Dustin Marshall

On the Nov. 7 ballot, voters in Dallas County will have the opportunity to improve the safety and reliability of hundreds of school buses in North Texas while returning some money to their own pockets.  It’s a win-win situation that voters should seize.

The confusing language for Proposition A on the ballot reads as follows: “Proposition for the continuation of Dallas County Schools Student Transportation Services. Authorizing the continued operation of the county board of education, board of county school trustees, and office of the county school superintendent in Dallas County and the collection of the Dallas County school equalization ad valorem tax.” If voters choose to vote against the proposition, this will initiate a process to unwind Dallas County Schools. (more…)

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The film and TV program at Lincoln High’s Humanities and Communications Magnet has had its share of successes. Now the community can be a part of that (Photos courtesy Tony Boone).

Not long after I started writing about the ways our community can support Dallas ISD teachers and programs, a reader reached out to me to tell me about Lincoln High School.

“You should definitely look into Lincoln,” the reader insisted. “They do amazing things there.”

Lincoln High is also home to a humanities and communications magnet school, and a collegiate prep academy that offers career pathways in hospitality management and logistics, partnering with Omni Hotels, FedEx, El Centro College and the University of North Texas-Dallas.

Maybe a week after that reader reached out, someone else passed along a Facebook post about its film and TV program, and not long after that, I found myself trading emails with instructor Tony Boone, who shepherds students through the aspects of film and television production at the Dallas ISD school. (more…)

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Food pantries like the one at Woodrow High School help discreetly feed students and their families when times are tough. (Photo courtesy Nancy Wilson)

If you just walked down the halls of Woodrow Wilson High, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that some students would need the assistance of a food pantry.

But, like far too many students that attend Dallas ISD schools, the only meals some kids at Woodrow got came from the cafeteria. There simply wasn’t food at home. (more…)

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The Little Rock Nine Monument (photo courtesy Wikipedia)

This may cost me some kind of journalistic cool kids card, but I’m not sure if I care. I mean, I’ve been known to refuse to move with the herd on other occasions as well. 

I agree with Bernadette Nutall.

“Until we start changing some policies that affect African-Americans and Latinos,” Nutall said at Thursday night’s Dallas ISD board of trustees meeting, where the board voted to begin the process of changing the names of four schools named after Confederate generals, “it’s just a name change.” (more…)

Dallas ISD

The Dallas ISD school board voted to begin the process of renaming four schools named after Confederate generals Thursday evening.

The discussion was at times contentious, but overall, Dallas Independent School District trustees were unified in their desire to change the names of four schools currently named for Confederate leaders.

The board voted unanimously to require schools named after Albert Sidney Johnson, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and William L. Cabell to change their names.

A fifth school, John B. Hood Middle School, changed its name to Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy last year. (more…)

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CandysDirt.com readers stepped up in a big way to show Dallas ISD teachers the love. (Photo courtesy Pexels.com)

Last Sunday sucked. I pushed save on my story about the Dallas ISD school board meeting for Monday morning and sat, staring at my computer feeling surly. I may have ranted to a few people.

As I watched my Facebook and Twitter feeds light up with hot sports takes and recrimination, I realized that I was tired of writing and reading about the negative. And I could tell that everyone else was, too.

I mean, not for nothing, but I just watched three different networks tweet video of some kids standing in the rain to lower the flag. I think we all are feeling around for something bright, shiny, and heartwarming.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t talk about what happened at the school board meeting, and how the Texas legislature continues to disrespect our educators by refusing to adequately fund public education.

But let me tell you about something that’s been whispering in my ear every day for months, and how it drove me to write what I did on Wednesday.

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Dallas voters won’t get the chance to decide on a property tax increase to provide needed funds for Dallas ISD, but you can still help.

The daunting needs that face Dallas ISD teachers won’t disappear — not after this legislative session, where lawmakers made it clear public education wasn’t a priority. But what can we do?

As I mentioned Monday, the Dallas ISD school board could not come to a supermajority on any of the Tax Ratification Election options proposed, nor on the 2-cent tax swap.

I feel like this fact gets buried in the talk about trustees and TRE: The vote Friday wasn’t to change the tax rate. The vote Friday was to put the change on a ballot and let voters decide if they wanted to give the district more money.

This means that if the voters didn’t want to — if they felt the same way their trustee did, they could vote against it. So the vote wasn’t to raise the tax or not. The vote was whether you got to decide what to do with your money.

As I talked about this with people, something emerged that was quite beautiful Sunday night. On Facebook, a group of us began talking about the many ways frustrated, would-be voters could still make a monetary mark on the needs of teachers here. (more…)