Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD board president Dan Micciche and superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa discuss district plans for five schools facing possible closure.

With five schools facing closure, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees heard plenty last night from the parents of students attending those schools — but there aren’t a lot of options, district officials reiterated.

Four of the schools — Carr Elementary, Titche Elementary, Ray Learning Center and Edison Middle — have been on the state’s Improvement Required list for four years or more. If they remain so this year, the Texas Education Agency will be required to close the schools or take over the district. (more…)

Dallas ISD

Edison Middle School is slated for closure, district officials said, regardless of whether it meets state standards this year (Photo courtesy Google Maps).

Dallas ISD has a bit of a quandary — they need to formulate a plan for what to do with the four long-term “improvement required” schools on its books, but guidelines that go with a new law regarding the other options haven’t been provided by the state yet.

The new law, which was passed in the last legislative session, allows districts with long-term IR schools to convert them to charter schools, contracting with outside companies to run them. But without those guidelines — and no real timeline for when they might arrive — the district was left with little option but to proceed with plans to close and consolidate those schools if necessary. (more…)