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I joined DallasKidsFirst because: I believe that education reform takes place at many levels, but perhaps the first step is at the school board. In order for Dallas ISD to attract and retain great teachers, improve professional development, establish high standards for campus leaders, and grow and develop into a powerful engine of education, we must have policies and political leaders who understand these issues and support the actions necessary to make changes where needed.
Making schools better in Dallas should be a priority for everyone. Why? The argument here is pretty simple: If our schools decline, we are not producing a highly-qualified and capable workforce. If the workforce declines, crime rises and economic efficacy declines. If both of those happen, Dallas falls into disarray. Education is the source of our prosperity, and an investment there is an investment in the community as a whole.
How is DallasKidsFirst making a difference in Dallas? DallasKidsFirst is, for perhaps the first time, bringing education policy issues to the forefront of the public consciousness. The movement for education reform has been gathering momentum in Dallas for years, and DallasKidsFirst is an essential cog in that machine. They have taken a serious, intentional approach toward evaluating board candidates and policies, informing their membership and the public of their analysis, and have succeeded in increasing both interest and voter turnout in elections already.
Why should someone become a member today of DallasKidsFirst? If you value the future of this city, if you want your children to grow up with a high quality education, if you want our democratic process to be truly democratic, then you need to become a member of this group.
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