Bush and State Ed Board’s $600M Disagreement About the Permanent School Fund Continues

By Bethany Erickson / October 1, 2018 / 1 Comment

Even people who follow public education are often unaware of how the General Land Office and the Texas Land Commissioner and the State Board of Education can impact public school finance. And that is, in part, because up until this year, things between the two entities and the services and funding they make available to […]

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Interior Designer, Contractor, Cabinet Maker and Parents Create Magic for Merriman Park Teachers Lounge

By Bethany Erickson / September 30, 2018 / 0 Comments
Merriman Park

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Katy Hancock, a PTA officer at Merriman Park Elementary School, the kind that I love to get. In it, she told me about how three parents (who just happened to be experts in their fields) banded together to spearhead a makeover of the teachers’ lounge — a […]

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As Dallas ISD Takes Look at Long-Shuttered Schools, One Neighborhood Makes Demands

By Bethany Erickson / September 28, 2018 / 0 Comments
Dallas ISD

While it was a fairly tame evening, as far as school board meetings go, Thursday night’s regular Dallas ISD board of trustees meeting was bookended by discussions about the larger responsibility a school district has to the communities schools sit in, especially once those schools are closed. It began during the portion at the beginning […]

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As Dallas Mulls TRE, State Plans On Contributing Less to Public Education

By Bethany Erickson / September 13, 2018 / 2 Comments
Dallas isd

As Dallas ISD advocates begin ramping up the campaign to pass a 13-cent Tax Ratification Election (or TRE) in November, news that will likely irritate more property owners came down the pike during a state budget hearing: The state will contribute less toward public education in the next two years. In yesterday’s budget panel meeting, […]

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Hip Hop Is the Hook For Architecture Camp Aimed at Improving Diversity in Industry

By Bethany Erickson / August 31, 2018 / 1 Comment

It’s not mere hyperbole — the worlds of architecture, urban planning, and construction are lacking in representation of people of color. In fact, the American Institute of Architect’s 2016 “Diversity in the Profession of Architecture” found that the one thing most architects — regardless of race — could agree on was that people of color […]

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Eligible Dallas ISD Support Staff, Teachers, and Principals To Get Raises

By Bethany Erickson / August 24, 2018 / 0 Comments
Dallas ISD

If you attended or watched via live stream any of the meetings of the Dallas ISD board of trustees, you likely heard a repeated refrain during public comment — that of district support staff who said they hadn’t had a raise in years. Last night, that changed. Initially, the pay raises for eligible teachers, campus […]

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