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So We Agree: Read Jim Schutze on DISD and the Magnets


by Jerome Weeks 11 May 2009

Wanted to post this earlier, but you know, it’s Monday. But if you’re interested in DISD and the future of quality education in Dallas, really, you’ll find the Schutze link compelling. Because of the convention center hotel election, relatively little attention is still being paid to the issue of what DISD plans to do with […]

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Wanted to post this earlier, but you know, it’s Monday. But if you’re interested in DISD and the future of quality education in Dallas, really, you’ll find the Schutze link compelling.

Because of the convention center hotel election, relatively little attention is still being paid to the issue of what DISD plans to do with its vanguards, learning centers and magnets (science and engineering, arts, talented-and-gifted, etc.). Briefly, DISD announced that in order to receive more than $100 million in federal Title 1 funding, which is aimed at low-income students, they’d have to ‘equalize’ per-pupil spending across the district. This would mean, more or less, cutting back on the very programs that have made these schools such successes.

But on Friday, the Dallas Observer‘s Jim Schutze does what he does better than most anyone else in the city: got the documents, got the history, got the lawyers and sources. Again, briefly, for six years, these special programs have gotten an exemption because 1) they are such successes in drawing in families from all races, all classes, and 2) they were partly created for that purpose by the desegregation order. And it seems nothing really has changed.

So why is DISD now saying, sorry, we gotta do it, it’s the feds, it’s TEA, it’s not us. Schutze explains in gratifying detail why that doesn’t seem to be the case. He also follows up today with how people like Congresswoman Eddie Berniece Johnson want to find out why this isn’t applying elsewhere, and with how, suddenly, people are starting to re-phrase what’s been said.

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  • Hildy

    Booker T PTSA meets tonight to, among other agenda items, strategize.

  • I BEG people to keep asking DISD officials and trustees, where is their paper trail on this matter. They keep saying they have no choice but to stage these cuts — then they front up only a copy of an email clarifying a funding formula.

    To say that their hands are tied implies that they’ve well and truly attempted to fight the powers that be on behalf of the citizens of Dallas. It takes paper to stage a fight. Why, then, is there no paper trail? Why, then, have they had no conversations at the federal level?

    It’s hard to take DISD seriously when it says it has no choice but to do this — but can’t show you anything more than an email to prove its case.