electionWhen Justin Henry received the most votes — but not enough to avoid a runoff election — in May, a mere 69 votes separated him and Dallas ISD District 9 incumbent trustee Bernadette Nutall.

Saturday night, with all 47 precincts reporting, Henry won by more than 600 votes.

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Monday, we published a piece regarding the Dallas ISD District 9 runoff election. At the time, we only had responses from Justin Henry.

Tuesday evening, citing campaign obligations and scheduling conflicts that kept her from responding earlier, incumbent candidate Bernadette Nutall responded. We have included her answers in the original story, which can be found here.

Live in District 9? Election Day is June 16. Polling locations can be found here.

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Only 69 votes separated Justin Henry from Dallas ISD incumbent District 9 trustee Bernadette Nutall in the regular called election on May 6. But Henry failed to get the necessary 50 percent of the vote (although he came close at 47 percent), so the two have been forced to hit the campaign trail again for a runoff election June 16.

Early voting starts today and lasts until Tuesday, June 12. For information – including polling places – on early voting, click here. For information on voting on Election day, click here.

So far, early voting is a mere trickle — something many worried would happen when it became apparent that a May 5 school board election followed by a May 20 primary runoff followed by a June 16 school board runoff election would be in the offing. As of Sunday’s report, 3,592 people have voted in runoff elections in Dallas County. (more…)

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Early voting began Monday for Dallas ISD school board elections (Photo courtesy Flickr/Vox EFX).

In this month’s budget workshop, the drumbeat got a little louder: a Tax Ratification Election would be needed (and an increase passed) to continue some of the vital programs that have kept Dallas ISD’s academic trajectory on a laudable level.

And now, just a couple of weeks before a school board trustee election, many look to the outcome as an indicator — a litmus, if you will — of the fate of that potential TRE. (more…)

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Dade Middle School principal Tracie Washington, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Urban Specialists CEO Omar Jahwar listen to Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nutall talk about Dade’s successes (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Embattled U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made a surprise visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday — so surprising that it wasn’t even on her public schedule.

Not everyone was thrilled about it, though. DeVos visited Urban Specialists (a privately funded group partly funded by Stand Together, which funded by the Charles Koch-led Seminar Network), Billy Earl Dade Middle School, and 16 Streets Center.  She began the day in North Richland Hills’ Birdville 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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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's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to OK the purchase of 9400 N. Central Expressway. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

Dallas ISD’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to OK the purchase of 9400 N. Central Expressway. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

As you’ve probably read by now, the Dallas Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted 5-3 last night to purchase the building at 9400 N. Central Expressway in a bid to consolidate the district’s various departments that are currently spread all over Dallas County.

We can debate the merits of having a building where hundreds of employees will be able to work under one roof for the first time in probably more than 50 years, but that was done for quite some time last night.

Instead, I’d like to talk about something else that came to light (actually, I’ve heard the confusion from many a homeowner about this time every year, too) at this meeting — folks don’t know there’s a difference between the appraisal value Dallas County Appraisal District uses for taxation, and a fair market value appraisal. (more…)