Education

Dallas Public Schools Change the Script on Budget Meetings

By Bethany Erickson / March 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

I’m going to make a confession: I’ve been to more school finance and budget meetings in my career than I can count. And they’re boring. I mean, stronger-than-Ambien, potentially effective as a torture device boring. And I am one of those weird people that like budgets and reading budgets. If I was going to color […]

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Educating Dallas: Project Transformation Looks for Holistic Approach

By Bethany Erickson / March 16, 2016 / 0 Comments

As legend has it, Project Transformation began on a paper napkin. Sarah Wilke and Dr. Leighton K. Farrell reportedly sketched out the idea for an organization that would both address the needs of urban churches, but also the needs of urban schools.  That first year, Project Transformation began with 22 college interns (which are now […]

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Dallas Public Schools: As Trustee Elections Near, Endorsements Roll In

By Bethany Erickson / March 2, 2016 / 2 Comments

Now that the date to file to run for a trustee seat in Dallas Independent Schools Board of Trustees has passed, I thought we could talk a bit about who is running, and how and when endorsements will begin to shake out. First, the candidates. Districts 4, 5, and 7 are part of the general […]

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Hit the Playground: Dallas ISD Board Votes for Mandatory Recess, Expanded Pre-K

By Bethany Erickson / January 29, 2016 / 1 Comment

“I get 15 minutes of recess, now I want 100 minutes,” an adorable student told Dallas Independent Schools trustees last night as several of her peers also stood up to talk about how recess would help their school day. Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche took up the cause last month, and while students didn’t get […]

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Goodbye No Child Left Behind, Hello Every Student Succeeds

By Bethany Erickson / January 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

In December, Congress approved a bill (and President Obama signed it into law) that would send the much-maligned No Child Left Behind to the glue factory once and for all. With No Child Left Behind, the involvement in education on the federal level was intense. High-stakes testing and uniform, rigorous goals that didn’t take into […]

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