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As the committee charged with unspooling and winding down operations for Dallas County Schools continues to churn along, Dallas Independent School District is also getting its ducks — or rather, buses — in a row.

At last week’s board briefing, trustees were introduced to the district’s new executive director of transportation, Dr. Kayne Smith, who arrives in Dallas from a stint at Beaumont ISD. (more…)

Lincoln

Lincoln High students and area women were all smiles at an event designed to connect young women with mentors (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

The hugs I got on Tuesday are still giving me an endorphin high.

Earlier this week, I wrote about a mentoring event being held at Lincoln High school — one that organizers hoped would help young women meet lifelong mentors that would give them valuable advice, feedback, and encouragement. (more…)

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After the rousing success at Dade Middle School with a similar event for young men, education advocates are again seeking mentors for Dallas Independent School District students — this time at Lincoln High School.

The Breakfast With a Bunch of Beauties breakfast, which will be held tomorrow at the high school, will match about 300 young women with what organizers Meka Donell and Nikisha Handy hope will be lifelong mentor relationships with local women. (more…)

DACA

Almost half of the Dallas ISD student population is comprised of English language learners, and district officials are planning for vast swaths of those students and their families to be affected by DACA’s expiration.

As Congress and President Trump continue to argue the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the uncertainty is affecting Dallas Independent School District classrooms, officials told the board of trustees yesterday.

“It’s out of our control,” said superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “They (Congress) worked on immigration for 10 years, without consensus.”

He added that a recent ruling in Federal court means that ending DACA can’t happen until all related pending court cases are resolved. The program is currently due to expire in March.

“So at least we know we’re safe for this year,” he said. “We have to let this thing play out. We don’t know for next year.” (more…)

Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD board president Dan Micciche and superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa discuss district plans for five schools facing possible closure.

With five schools facing closure, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees heard plenty last night from the parents of students attending those schools — but there aren’t a lot of options, district officials reiterated.

Four of the schools — Carr Elementary, Titche Elementary, Ray Learning Center and Edison Middle — have been on the state’s Improvement Required list for four years or more. If they remain so this year, the Texas Education Agency will be required to close the schools or take over the district. (more…)

property taxIt’s a drum several Dallas ISD trustees have been beating for a while — a Tax Ratification Election that would allow the district to increase services and programs at dozens of at-risk schools with the money raised by increasing property taxes rates.

But they’ve yet to get it on the ballot. (more…)

 

 

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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.

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2018! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

From Bethany Erickson: This week, we’ve picked some of our favorite posts from 2017. For me, this post still gets me right in the feels, because right when everyone was sniping at each other, something beautiful happened — everyone turned their snark into something more powerful. Since it’s Christmas, it’s a great time to look back at what a community can do in a short amount of time. It’s also a reminder that teachers, schools and students of Dallas ISD still need our support.
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Dallas ISDShortly after the Dallas ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a resolution that many feel is one of the first steps toward healing the animosity some still feel even decades after Dallas ISD finally desegregated under judicial oversight in 1967, they took the tangible step of renaming three schools currently bearing the names of confederates. (more…)