JJ Rhoads Learning Center is one of the schools that will benefit from the DISD bond package (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

JJ Rhoads Learning Center is one of the schools that will benefit from the DISD bond package (Photo by Bethany Erickson)

It’s Election Day, and if you haven’t already voted during early voting, you have until 7 p.m. to find your polling place and cast your ballot for or against several amendments to the state constitution. And there’s also a good chance you’ll be voting about a school bond, too, since both the Highland Park Independent School District and the Dallas Independent School District are both holding bond elections.

And listen, you’ve seen how I’m voting. You know how I feel about voting. And I wrote an earlier story here. You may have even seen several important  discussions about what you may be hearing (erroneously) about the DISD bond vote. So I won’t belabor the point.

But I will say this: See this picture atop the story? That’s JJ Rhoads Learning Center in the Fair Park area. I spend two days a week there, tutoring a wonderful kid. JJ Rhoads is getting a whole new school, one that will allow the school to expand its Pre-K program, something that will only help improve the odds that things improve with the Lincoln High School feeder pattern as children have a better chance to get an early start at the goal of reading at grade level by third grade – something that makes all the difference in so many aspects of a student’s graduation prospects.  Why does JJ Rhoads need a new school? Take a look at this.

Voters across the Dallas area will go to the polls on May 9 to elect mayor, city council members, and school district trustees. If you want your name to appear on a ballot, you should know that the filing period for candidates begins today. (Photo by iStock)

Early voting began Monday for two sets of bond packages (Dallas ISD and Highland Park ISD), as well as a handful of proposed state constitutional amendments. (Photo by iStock)

Early voting began Monday for two sets of bond packages and a handful of proposed amendments to the state constitution. Both bond packages — one for Dallas ISD and one for Highland Park ISD — are important to the growth of the districts and even the health and safety of the students. And those amendments deal with everything from property taxes to the living arrangements of state officials.

But hardly anyone one will vote. Which is a crying shame, because (and excuse me while I get on my soapbox) there are people in some countries that would give both eyeteeth for the honor of having a say in anything — even something as mundane as whether small counties can be allowed to perform maintenance on private roads.

And sure, maybe voting is this arduous task that requires getting out of your car and walking into an air conditioned building to hand your driver’s license over to a nice lady or man who then finds you in a computer and walks you over to sign your name and then walks you to a booth to fill in some circles with a Sharpie. That’s hard. I know. I mean, it’s almost as hard as getting out of your car, walking into a Starbucks, standing in line, choosing a drink, telling a nice man or lady what you want to drink, and then paying for the drink before scooting over to wait for a barista to make your drink. I mean, almost. Right?

No.

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