Dallas County

The existence of Dallas County Schools hangs in the balance of an upcoming November vote (Photo courtesy Dallas County Schools).

Editors Note: CandysDirt.com reached out to Dustin Marshall, who has advocated for ending Dallas County Schools, for his thoughts on the matter. We also reached out to Dallas County Schools with the same question and received no response.

By Dustin Marshall
Special Contributor

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Dustin Marshall

On the Nov. 7 ballot, voters in Dallas County will have the opportunity to improve the safety and reliability of hundreds of school buses in North Texas while returning some money to their own pockets.  It’s a win-win situation that voters should seize.

The confusing language for Proposition A on the ballot reads as follows: “Proposition for the continuation of Dallas County Schools Student Transportation Services. Authorizing the continued operation of the county board of education, board of county school trustees, and office of the county school superintendent in Dallas County and the collection of the Dallas County school equalization ad valorem tax.” If voters choose to vote against the proposition, this will initiate a process to unwind Dallas County Schools. (more…)

Last month, Dallas ISD District 2 Trustee Dustin Marshall found himself upside down in the general election, with challenger Lori Kirkpatrick besting him by 291 votes. However, she was 23 votes shy of the required 50 percent, so both geared up for more campaigning and a runoff election.

What a difference a month makes. Although totals aren’t finalized because mail-in ballots where voters required assistance to complete are currently sequestered, Marshall shot out to a sizeable lead after early voting totals were posted – holding 71.32 percent of the vote to Kirkpatrick’s 28.68 percent.

Kirkpatrick was never able to make up the deficit and finished the night with 33.63 percent of the vote, or 3,136 votes to Marshall’s 6,190.

Marshall was the only incumbent in the Dallas runoff election to retain his seat as well. Omar Narvaez beat Monica Alonzo for the city District 6 race, 1,132 votes to 828. In District 7, Kevin Felder edged out incumbent Tiffinni Young, 1,215 to 1,046 votes. In District 8, Tennell Atkins squeaked past Erik Wilson, 966 votes to 919.

The trustee race was also the one that brought the most to the polls. (more…)

District 2 runoff candidates 2017

With less than 300 votes separating incumbent Dustin Marshall and challenger Lori Kirkpatrick in the May election for Dallas ISD District 2 trustee, voters will make their way to the polls again for a runoff election — beginning with early voting, which starts today.

Just kidding. A handful of voters will make their way to the polls and the rest will comment on a story I write about something happening in Dallas ISD about six months from now and will kvell about how we need better leadership for school board.

And if you knew how much it costs to have an election, you’d probably realize you need to get to the polls. We’re frittering away money. Here’s a breakdown I found of a 2015 election bill Dallas County gave the city. Spend some time poking around and realize we’re paying for this twice every time we have a general election AND a runoff election.

I’ve been doing this a long time.

Less than 8 percent of registered voters voted on May 6 in Dallas County. In some precincts of District 2, nobody voted. In others, less than 10. In yet others, less than five.  And right now, during early voting, it’s the easiest thing in the world you can do. (more…)

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Before we start on District 2, let’s get this out of the way first: Are you going to vote for school board and city council elections? Did you know that right now you can vote pretty much anywhere in the county, making it super convenient to vote on say, during your lunch break?

I bring this up because every May it seems like I have to guilt everyone into voting, and still — hardly anybody does. But boy howdy do people have an opinion about Dallas ISD and how it’s run — but somehow for some of you, those opinions aren’t motivating enough to head to the polls.

Does that say something about the strength of your arguments? I don’t know. But I do know it’s a crying shame that less than 10 percent of all voters make decisions for 100 percent of us. Maybe we should work on changing that this year?

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Dallas electionsFourteen Dallas City Council seats and three Dallas Independent School District trustee seats are up for grabs on May 6. I’ll start saying this early — as I always do: It can cost somewhere around $1 million to hold an election, and in most May Dallas elections, we see less than 10 percent of voters turning out to vote.

And it really couldn’t be much easier. Check and see if you’re registered to vote here.  If you’re not, you can click here to register. If you vote early, you can vote at any early voting polling location in the county – so on your way to work, during your lunch break, on your way home, or even on a Saturday. The last day to register to vote is April 6. Early voting begins April 24 and will continue through May 2 for all Dallas elections.

The last day to register to vote is April 6. Early voting begins April 24 and will continue through May 2. You can even vote on a Saturday or a Sunday.

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When you have an idea in your head, sometimes it sounds way more awesome rattling around in your brain than when it actually happens.

I’m happy to report that this was not the case last night. A steady stream of parents with children in Dallas ISD schools, Lakewood residents, Realtors and more came by the darling Tudor in Hollywood Heights to talk Dallas ISD schools with each other, yours truly, and newly-elected District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall.

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815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event.

Just a reminder – tonight is our first installment of SCHOOL + HOUSE, a chance for Realtors and prospective parents to mingle with involved parents in Lakewood-area Dallas ISD schools, as well as District 2 trustee Dustin Marshall, plus see an adorable 3/2 Tudor in Lakewood. This first installment is a partnership with the Heather Guild Group and CandysDirt.com. Look for more in coming months in other neighborhoods – and Realtors, if you’re interested in finding out how this works, email me.

Details are below. The event is come and go – so swing by after work! (more…)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

815 Vivian Avenue will be the site of the first School + House event. (Photo courtesy Heather Guild Group/Dave Perry Miller Real Estate)

Way back when I first started writing for CandysDirt.com, the idea was that I give everyone enough information (or the ability to find that information) to make an educated decision about both public schools and neighborhoods they’d like to live in.

And for about the last six months, I’ve been noodling around with a concept that I’m thrilled to say is finally launching next week — SCHOOL + HOUSE. Part traditional open house for prospective buyers, part meet-and-greet with local school officials and parents, SCHOOL + HOUSE is designed to bring everyone you’d ever want to talk to about the Dallas Independent School District in one place, with the added bonus of getting a Realtor who is a fountain of knowledge about the neighborhoods that feed those schools.

Because some of the best knowledge about schools comes from the parents who are there every day. They’re informed, involved and ready to give anyone the ins and outs of sending your child to the schools in the neighborhood.   (more…)