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Watch the Dallas ISD Home-Rule Debate Heat Up

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As we mentioned last week, D Academy, D Magazine’s leadership group, discussed education in Dallas. We had several panels, one discussing higher education, one made up of teachers discussing what it’s like to be an educator, and one discussing the home-rule initiative.

This is the video of the last panel’s discussion. The panelists included moderator Eric Celeste, Alliance/AFT President Rena Honea, DISD board member Mike Morath, and Commit’s chief strategy officer and Co-COO Tarik Ward. It’s 30 minutes long. But worth it.

  • Alexander

    So after watching that I have new questions. How does the commission decide what to put before voters? Does that have to be done by consensus? 8 of 15?

    And how does the board decide who is on the commission? A simple majority voting on a slate? Does each board member get to put someone on?

    When we vote on it does it pass of fail by simple majority?

    I enjoyed watching this. I found some stats Morath used at the very beginning interesting for the people here– 8 of 100 graduates are college ready, but it’s more like 4 of 100 if you exclude white students. But that does mean almost all the white students are college ready. I have this feeling that people like Tim who pull their kids out of the system at some point think their neighborhood schools will fail them, but the data does not support that.

    Morath seems very troubled by the process of the board, and some of his suggestions are great (timing the election cycles better, expanding early childhood education, changing student rights), but the idea that we can’t have a “conversation” about DISD without a petition is just silly to me. Maybe I’m watching too much House of Cards, but he seems like a well intentioned man being used by a group with a completely different agenda.

  • Alexander

    So after watching that I have new questions. How does the commission decide what to put before voters? Does that have to be done by consensus? 8 of 15?

    And how does the board decide who is on the commission? A simple majority voting on a slate? Does each board member get to put someone on?

    When we vote on it does it pass of fail by simple majority?

    I enjoyed watching this. I found some stats Morath used at the very beginning interesting for the people here– 8 of 100 graduates are college ready, but it’s more like 4 of 100 if you exclude white students. But that does mean almost all the white students are college ready. I have this feeling that people like Tim who pull their kids out of the system at some point think their neighborhood schools will fail them, but the data does not support that.

    Morath seems very troubled by the process of the board, and some of his suggestions are great (timing the election cycles better, expanding early childhood education, changing student rights), but the idea that we can’t have a “conversation” about DISD without a petition is just silly to me. Maybe I’m watching too much House of Cards, but he seems like a well intentioned man being used by a group with a completely different agenda.

  • Wes Mantooth

    I don’t understand how Celeste could get through this thing without resorting to dropping a P90X routine on this bunch. He’s gone soft. I blame Atlanta.