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Ron Price: The Biggest Problem at Dallas ISD

It’s time to name the next Dallas ISD School Board president. Will it be Jack Lowe, the current president? He’s white. Trustee Ron Price would rather see a black person elected to the position. Price is black. He’s also a liar and a spendthrift. But let’s keep moving. Price says:

“I think it sends a message to a 95 percent minority school district if they can see a minority as the board president.”

I challenge Ron Price to find a single Dallas ISD student, of any color, who can name the School Board president. There is not a student sitting at a desk today whose outlook on life or school would be changed if you walked up to him and said, “Jack Lowe, the School Board president, is white. But we’re gonna get a black guy in there.”

Ron Price is a joke. The people in District 9 should be ashamed for repeatedly electing him.

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32 comments on “Ron Price: The Biggest Problem at Dallas ISD

  1. Sadly, I think this is indicative of how baby boomers handle race issues. White, Black, whatever…they’re all messed up in this area, and understandably so…their generation grew up with seperate water fountains, segregation, riots, racist parents/grandparents, people sitting in backs of buses, what have you. Meanwhile, we their kids are looking on in horror, and have no clue why they are still approaching government based on a 1960-70’s political climate. The majority of us have moved on. Not all, but I guarantee if you yell the “N” word out at a high school in Plano or Richardson, you’re gonna get beaten up by white kids.

    Our heroes and the posters we hung on our walls as teens weren’t just of white celebrities, but also people like Michael Jordan, Spike Lee, and Prince. It may sound trivial idolizing pop heroes up, but it did help your average white suburbanite kid grow up to respect minorities AND see them as leaders.

  2. Equally comical was when, last year, Carla Ranger sent district employees on a mission to have the names of newly elected trustees added to the plaques of 2002 Bond buildings and wings so that students would know a women, black and Hispanic also represented them (Ranger, Medrano, & Ellis)

    The change cost the district $60K. I know of no student who could 1) point me to the building plaque or 2) tell me the ethnicity of those listed. Furthermore, if told the cost to add those names, I’d bet the kids would rather have the money go toward new band or athletic uniforms.

  3. brett, They get power because voter interest and turnout is pathetic. Can you name your trustee, council member, state representative?

  4. true that, mrs. meyer

    DISD’s $1.35B, with a B, bond election earlier this month had a voter turnout of less than 4% of registered voters

    so i guess 96% of you don’t really care to actually weigh in on how DISD spends its moneies

    gripe on you want at happy hour and on message boards, folks, but until you take the 8 to 10 minutes it takes to vote in each and every possible election, your opinion is utterly useless to the democratic process

  5. JS is right. I, too, got the heck out of DISD. When I did live in DISD, I lived in the M streets so the kids could go to Stonewall. The reason why those people get elected is because no one cares/pays attention in those regions.
    DISD needs to have at-large representation so that that private school parents and the Woodrow AP parents could get representatives in the school board that would get things done.
    It is easier for the people to care to send a kid to private school than fight the power!

  6. Speaking from direct experience — people like this get elected because he appeared better than the incumbent who had been entrenched on the board for 20 years – Kathlyn Gilliam. He appeared to be a bright, young go-getter.

    Unfortunately, he has not lived up to his promise and has stayed too long at the dance.

    So what we need it another bright candidate — and some voters would be nice as well.

    Too few people come forth to run and given the scrutiny and abuse they put up with, I don’t really blame them.

    So the bottom line — if you think you are better than Ron Price, live in the district, want to be used and abused and are willing to spend innumerable of your hours in public service — please give me a call and we will see if we can’t get you elected — (I was one of the people who gave her professional services to help on Ron’s initial campaign)

  7. Good point, jason. For the most part, us Gen Xers were raised color-blind. The idea of selecting a board president on his or her qualifications seems normal. It’s the persons in power who still seem fixated on the race card. I guess that means it’s time for our generation to begin challenging these officeholders and bring our perspective to the table.

  8. II, Sorry to fess up that I too gave Ron $$ then because he indeed seemed better than Gilliam. And praise the Lord that Jack Lowe is a godly man who rises above the inflammatory innuendo of our hometown media.

    Sheila, So it’s ‘easier’ to pay $20K per year? You’re still paying taxes and should care about the representation behind those dollars. I had a private school neighbor ask me if “my bond” passed. It’s our bond folks. We all pay for it. I ditto jrp about voting and griping.

  9. we will not rid ourselves of bigotry until the education of All children becomes a priority of all citizens

  10. it still blows me away when pvt. school parents act all highfalutin and all as two of the best public high schools in country are under DISD rule

    and to my Gen X breathren, our time is coming, man, be patient. Obama is a little older than us, so not this time ’round…but we’ll wrestle the power away from these geriatric baby boomers in the next 7-10 years for sure

  11. brethren, added a superfluous a there for some reason…damn fingers of fury

  12. I think that white people care more than black people about educating black kids. Witness all the rich white kids from private schools or Highland Park donating time, money and thousands of __________ (insert needed items here) to schools in less fortunate neighborhoods. One school in Highland Park collects for Ben Milam elementary and you would not believe the generosity of these kids and parents. It’s incredible.

  13. Hey, Louisa, I don’t send my kids to private school; I just moved mine to a decent school district — i.e. Carroll. I live in a school district where the school board does things like talk about what kids are going to study — that and cheerleaders!
    JRP, the two best schools in the country under DISD rule barely serve less than 20% of the kids. Yeah, that’s really helping. Good if you can get in, bad if you can’t.

  14. not directed solely at you sheila, but so many people tell me not to send my child to DISD schools because he won’t get a good education. and they also say they move to the ‘burbs so their extremely gifted/super intelligent/wonderfully witty 10-year-old can get the first-class education he couldn’t in the DISD

    but my question is if your child is so extremely gifted/super intelligent/wonderfully witty as you claim then he should be able to get into onf of the magent HS of the DISD to get that first-class education, no???

    one reason i do plan to send my son to a DISD elem school is so he’ll be fluent in a second language (ie Espanol) probably before middle school. and if anyone views that as a bad thing, we’ll they’re just not paying attention to what’s going on in the world circa 2008

  15. Sheila, You didn’t claim to send your own child to a private school but you did state that it’s easier to do so than “fight the power.” Your later retort to jrp about the Newsweek list is a strange defense since your own Southlake isn’t even on the list.

    DFW Area Schools; 2-Dallas-Talented and Gifted; 4-Dallas-Science/Engineering Magnet; 15-Highland Park; 18-Irving Charter-North Hills Prep; 53-Fort Worth-Diamond Hill-Jarvis; 88-Fort Worth-Paschal; 94-Colleyville-Heritage; 127-Dallas-White; 179-Grapevine ; 217-Plano-West; 295-Hurst-Lawrence D Bell; 298-Garland ; 432-Coppell ; 463-Plano ; 478-Richardson-J.J. Pearce; 518-Dallas-Woodrow Wilson; 537-Dallas-Hillcrest; 541-Euless-Trinity; 622-Carrolton-Turner; 627-McKinney ; 675-Carrolton-Newman Smith; 679-Richardson ; 702-Plano East; 749-McKinney North; 835-Carrolton-Creekview; 976-Richardson-Berkner; 1044-Dallas-Lake Highlands; 1054-Justin-Northwest; 1211-Garland-Naaman Forest; and 1260-Frisco-Centennial.

  16. JRP, I don’t think my children are naturally gifted or super intelligent. I just want a quality education presented to my children. You can’t say that DISD is going to give me that EXCEPT at Stonewall.

    Louisa, I meant that other people think it is too easy to go to private school than to actually go to a DISD school. I was stating other people may think that. Now, I was referring to JRP’s remarks about the 2 best schools in the country, which I assume (like you) he is referring to the Newsweek rankings. I do not like the Newsweek rankings because of their methodology. My source is http://www.just4kids.org which is the same source that Texas Monthly, D Magazine and even DISD have all used in the past. It takes actual test scores, self-reported data from the school districts, and economic/social information to compare like schools to like schools. It is far more accurate and reliable. Just4Kids (now called the National Center for Educational Achievement) is a non-profit and not interested in selling magazines like Newsweek.

    Besides, don’t get so offended. A lot of my comments are tongue in cheek. Obviously I still like a lot of Dallas or I wouldn’t read this blog.

  17. I’m well aware of just4kids and Newsweek. I don’t see them as either/or because they measure two completely different things.

    You invited rebuttals when you began with “got the heck out of DISD.”

    With tongue in cheek: if DMN treated your district as they treat mine, the headlines might read “20% of Carroll Elementary Schools have testing irregularities.”

  18. EXCEPT at Stonewall, Sheila??? Right now, there are kids at or heading to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Yale, Rice, Cornell, Duke, UVA, W&L, NYU, UT-McCombs and so on from: Nathan Adams, Withers, DeGolyer, Lakewood, Preston Hollow, Pershing and Kramer just to name a few. There’s a kid at Yale from SOC (South Oak Cliff) and several TJ (Thomas Jefferson) kids are headed this year to the Ivy League.

    I started my commentary by piling on certain board members. So I don’t defend everything about Dallas ISD. But I will rebut generalizations such as you put forth.

  19. Tim
    After reading your comments I felt like I should respond to some of your mean spirited comments about Mr. Price. In 2000 Ron worked with businessman Harold Green to open W.B. Travis Magnet Middle School in his district, did forget or did not know that Mr. Price worked with the late Lee Posey to bring the first all Girl public school in Texas – which is also in his district. Did see channel 8 story Monday night in which Mr. Price is working with the Dallas Police department to open up a high school police academy at James Madison High School in his disrtict. The people in district 9 has a elected offical who represents all of the people,
    parents from lake wood, south dallas,and pleasant groove all call Mr. Price and he calls everybody back. He visits all of our schools and community meetings when we call him, so we enjoy of board member and or four state champions at all four of his High Schools.

  20. Mr. Rogers,

    The Honorable Ron Price is the best thing to hit DISD. It is funny how nobody comments on the good things that Mr. Price does. You can walk down any hall in DISD and mention the name Mr. Price and the kids know exactly who is. Mr. Price has been elected President to two national school board organizations and President to one state board organization. It is obvious that people around the nation think much more of our local hero than his own hometown people. I personally have seen Ron Price on CNN twice, NBC nightly world news, Fox Hannity and Colmes and Fox and Friends. He is the only elected official in Dallas that people of all races have heard of and you call him the worst. Just watching the school board meeting on line all four of his major High Schools in his district have won championships that sounds like the BEST to me. When teachers and parents have a problem, they call Mr. Price.

  21. It’s important to understand that what Jay Mathews and Newsweek are attempting to measure is how well schools are increasing the rigor for AVERAGE students. The BEST schools, according to that measurement, are those that encourage AVERAGE students to take AP classes and AP exams. Frankly, I applaud, in a very big way, the schools on the list for doing just that! As Mathews says himself, it is in am imperfect measurement, but it’s a great start. I firmly believe that any kid who wants to take on the challenge of an AP class should be allowed to do so. I have had teachers tell me that often “those average” kids are the hardest working students and are often the most successful ones in their AP classes.

  22. You win, Louisa proud DISD parent. You win! You win! You win! Such venom…

  23. Lawrence
    I to have watched Mr.Price on several news channels doing something good for the community. I remember about two years ago when he held a 1000 man meeting and close to 2000 men showed up, and when he held a joint press conference with the crips and blood to stop the killing in the south – we haven’t heard of any negative things about the crips and bloods for a while. How many local elected officals can ask for that many men to help mentor inner-city boys and they show up!!

  24. Jeff – I think the crowd of potential mentors was drawn by a visit from Bill Cosby. It’d be standard practice though for Ron to take credit. As best I know, Ron did start the district Teen Board and Pearl Guard at Anderson M.S.

    My complaint with Ron is his HUGE ego – it’s all about him. As noted above, he’s responsible for the schools successes instead of praising Leslie Williams and Marian Willard. When a school (or track) needs a repair, Ron, the long term trustee knows whom in the district to call. But he’s more likely to call the media so to draw attention to himself. I could go on but Allen Gwinn has the best live chRONicle of self promotion and fantasies http://www.dallas.org/node/146

    I also might not call Ron the worst. He’s got two strong contenders for that place. And when Lois Parrot was still on the board, I would have put her in “the bottom three” with Brashear and Blackburn. Finally, today’s board is exemplary compared to all the boards during my tenure as a parent. Let’s not forget the Peavy years. No. Let’s do.

  25. Louisa Meyer
    I took the time to go online to check the DMS to ask about the date of the Bill Cosby visit and the 1000 man meeting. Just for the record those events were totally seperate! After calling around I met someone who went to both – he stated that the Cosby event was attended by mostly women – so, I think you should give credit were credit is due. Ron was able to motivate African American men to step up. CNN/NBC World News credits him for starting the national movement for outlawing saggy pants around the Nation, and introducing the uniform policy for DISD. Also, I just found out that he mentors about twenty students in his district(what an ego – do the media knows), and that the Principals in his district – express that he’s one the most supported persons that thet ever met. Have you called Marian Willard or Leslie William? I went on the DISD website to check out his bio – due you know the guy created the National African American School Board Members Summit. He must be really lucky to have so many High rated schools in his district compared to his fellow board members? I looked at the Allen Gwinn website – isn’t this the same guy who attack Ron Kirk, John Wiley Price and other African American leaders? What’s Gwinn’s motive in attacking Black leadership? I thought someone accused this guy of looking under little girls dresses near Hill Middle School? I don’t know Ron Price personally, but I look into the Facts not personal agenda’s

  26. Louisa Meyer
    I took the time to go online to check the DMS to ask about the date of the Bill Cosby visit and the 1000 man meeting. Just for the record those events were totally seperate! After calling around I met someone who went to both – he stated that the Cosby event was attended by mostly women – so, I think you should give credit were credit is due. Ron was able to motivate African American men to step up. CNN/NBC World News credits him for starting the national movement for outlawing saggy pants around the Nation, and introducing the uniform policy for DISD. Also, I just found out that he mentors about twenty students in his district(is it ego – or confidence), and that the Principals in his district – express that he’s one the most supported persons that thet ever met. Have you called Marian Willard or Leslie William? I went on the DISD website to check out his bio – due you know the guy created the National African American School Board Members Summit. He must be really lucky to have so many High rated schools in his district compared to his fellow board members? I looked at the Allen Gwinn website – isn’t this the same guy who attack Ron Kirk, John Wiley Price and other African American leaders? What’s Gwinn’s motive in attacking Black leadership? I heard that someone accused this guy of looking under little girls dresses near Hill Middle School? I don’t know Ron Price personally, but I look into the Facts not personal agenda’s

  27. WOW!!!

    Ms. Meyer,

    Why is it when one man steps up to the plate to make a difference he has a “huge ego”. Freddie Haynes, John Wiley Price just to name a couple oh I forgot they are African American men. I am not trying to play the race card because they stand up for other races as well. For your information Price has done things in the community that people dont see. Like getting air conditioning units fixed in schools so that our kids wont have to sweat it out. I have mentored at 6 DISD schools and personally heard where the media has contacted Price for interviews. So they seek him and not the other way around.

  28. Mr. Price,

    Keep doing what you are doing and shake them haters off! If anybody has a problem with what Price is doing then do something about it and not just talk about it. May God continue to bless you Mr. Price.