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Dallas Elections Attract Bumper Crop of Filers

By Bethany Erickson / February 20, 2017 / 3 Comments
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Fourteen 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 […]

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Nobody Likes You: A Through F Gets an F When it Comes To Measuring a School’s Success

By Bethany Erickson / January 12, 2017 / 2 Comments

It’s been about a week since Texas released its first “what-if” A through F grades for school districts and schools — a measure adopted by the last Texas legislature, ostensibly as a way to tell parents how their district and schools were doing. And in that time, 219-and-counting school districts have adopted resolutions against it. […]

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Election Day 101: Four Vie for Dallas District 2 School Board Seat

By Bethany Erickson / April 21, 2016 / 2 Comments

Just five years ago, the Dallas Independent School District had to cancel elections for lack of interest. This year, a bumper crop of 12 candidates have chosen to run for four seats – and only one of those 12 is an incumbent. People are taking Dallas ISD seriously these days. It’s an exciting time to […]

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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: So What’s This Bond Election About, Anyway?

By Bethany Erickson / August 20, 2015 / 4 Comments

If Wednesday’s town hall in North Dallas was typical, trustees spent 60 percent of their time explaining the potential bond election, and 40 percent of their time explaining the superintendent search – despite the fact that the subject matter was prominently advertised. More on that in a second. Tomorrow at noon, the Dallas ISD board […]

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Dallas Public Schools: Gearing Up for a Bond Election

By Bethany Erickson / August 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

Last March, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the bridge fund – a stop-gap measure aimed at taking funds out of the very healthy district surplus to address immediate needs on several campuses. During the debate, more than a couple of trustees said their vote came with a healthy amount of trust – […]

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