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Election Day 101: Pinkerton, Faz Duke It Out for District 7 Seat

By Bethany Erickson / April 23, 2016 / 13 Comments

I will be honest – I’ve been dreading this snapshot for the District 7 election. It’s the final one, and every day that has passed has only made me more nauseous when I look at how nasty the Dallas Independent School District’s District 7 race has gotten. It’s gotten bad enough that I’m actually going to move […]

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Dallas Public Schools: As Trustee Elections Near, Endorsements Roll In

By Bethany Erickson / March 2, 2016 / 2 Comments

Now that the date to file to run for a trustee seat in Dallas Independent Schools Board of Trustees has passed, I thought we could talk a bit about who is running, and how and when endorsements will begin to shake out. First, the candidates. Districts 4, 5, and 7 are part of the general […]

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Dallas Public Schools: It’s Official – Hinojosa’s at the Helm

By Bethany Erickson / October 6, 2015 / 0 Comments
Hinojosa

To nobody’s surprise, the Dallas school board voted 6-1 to approve the hiring of former Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa to his old post permanently. He had been serving as interim superintendent of Dallas public schools since June. The lone dissenting vote was Joyce Foreman. Hinojosa will be paid $350,000 a year, and will still […]

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Dallas Public Schools: How to Keep an Eye on School Board Meetings (and Still Eat Dinner)

By Bethany Erickson / September 2, 2015 / 0 Comments

So, you probably feel like you should be keeping an eye on the school board meetings. But those meetings, you hear, can be marathon sessions of wrangling and hyperbole and you have a four-year-old to put to bed. You have sleeping to do. You have a life to live. This is probably why I got […]

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Dallas Public Schools: Mike Miles Lives to Fight Another Day

By Bethany Erickson / May 1, 2015 / 3 Comments

I’ll have more later after I’ve had time to go through my notes, but brief rundown of tonight’s called meeting of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, with the lone item on the agenda being a discussion of superintendent Mike Miles’ employment status was contentious, and that may even be an understatement. The meeting lasted […]

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Dallas Public Schools: Bridge Now, But Remember Later

By Bethany Erickson / March 27, 2015 / 1 Comment

Last night, the Dallas ISD board of trustees voted 9-0 to approve an amended bridge plan that will pump much-needed funds into improving some long-neglected schools, as well as set up more Pre-K classrooms. But it is a drop in the bucket, which explains the long night and the wrangling that went in to coming […]

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