Why have I decided to run again for DISD Trustee for District 9?
ESEA (The Elementary and Secondary Education Act) is America’s education policy. I’m running as a Trustee to make sure our education policy in Dallas provides the same promise and improved access to quality education. As the lone representative from Dallas, I recently traveled to Washington D.C. to learn more about two new bills in the United States Congress and how those future laws might impact our Dallas Schools.
When ESEA was first authorized by Congress in 1965, it was America’s promise to provide access to a quality education for ALL children. As a Dallas Independent School District Trustee, I too believe that ALL Children deserve access to a quality education.
The answer is alarming but clear: The current ESEA bills could negatively impact Dallas ISD students—particularly poor and minority children—in addition to many children in urban districts across the country.
While I appreciate the effort to streamline No Child Left Behind, the current bills proposed by The House of Representatives' Education and Workforce Committee to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) are not yet the answer.
- Financial Impact: Dallas ISD can stand to lose millions of dollars in federal funds that are designed to assist students in poverty. Due to the recent decrease in state funds, Dallas ISD has already engaged in significant budget cuts. We cannot afford to face additional cuts to programs that support the students who have the greatest needs.
- Student Protection: The current bills allow funds that have been reserved for key populations, including English Language Learners, to be spent on other students. This does not serve the populations that require additional support—of which we serve many in Dallas ISD.
- Closing the Achievement Gap: We have begun to make strides in closing the achievement gap among critical groups including low-income students, minority students, English Language Learners and students with disabilities. The provisions in the current bills which allow increased state accountability might erode this progress –which we cannot allow.
- Teacher Effectiveness: While Dallas ISD has taken key steps to ensure we have effective teachers providing world-class instruction (including designing a rigorous teacher evaluation system which is currently being piloted in a subset of schools), not every state or district has been so bold. ESEA should provide federal standards around teacher effectiveness so other districts and states will prioritize teacher effectiveness.
I am excited about the possibility of working with you again as your Trustee but I need your help.
The election is May 12th. Visit my website, www.bernadettenutall.com, to learn about how you can connect with my campaign.
Early voting begins on Monday, April 30th. Your voice matters to our community but most importantly to our children.