COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE
At its core, DallasKidsFirst is a grassroots community organization. We want to elect great leaders for our schools but we also believe it equally important that the citizens of Dallas are informed, aware and understand that when it comes to participating in the political process, they have a resource in the community.
TEDxSMU & D MAGAZINE EDUCATION FORUM
All eight candidates from Districts 1, 3, and 9 were there for an opportunity to connect with the very informed, educated audience present that night but also get a much needed jolt of energy to their campaigns.
TEDxSMU's Sharon Lyle kicked the night off and D Magazine Editor Tim Rogers served as the evening's entertaining moderator.
It was done Russian Roulette Style.
8 candidates, 8 questions.
With only one round of questions, candidates basically delivered their "elevator speeches" to the audience.
District 1 candidates fared pretty well on stage but Elizabeth Jones was a highlight as she displayed an impressive background in education and explained her belief in the need to focus on innovation.
Dan Micciche, candidate for District 3, was asked about whether school athletic budgets should be slashed and shifted to teachers' salaries. His response? The entire budgets must be reviewed and input from local non-profits and area businesses need to be a part of the discussion. He also stated that school is much more than just the classroom experience for children and he would be apprehensive to eliminate sports completely.
District 9's current Trustee Bernadette Nutall appeared to be one of the crowd favorites with her passionate call for all schools - public, private and charter, to come together as one community and create a culture of true collaboration. Her opponent, Damarcus Offord, failed to connect with his lack of response and evasiveness to a question on what to do with Dallas' growing ESL student population.
D Magazine's FrontBurner will be releasing a complete transcript of the event as well as the results of the candidate scorecard every attendee was given to rank the candidates' performance on a scale of 1-100.
A shift is occurring. There is a growing group of individuals who are tired of the status quo when it comes to education in Dallas. They want change. They want better for their communities, for their children.
DallasKidsFirst is excited to be a vital part of this growing movement. Stay tuned for details on a very special DKF event to be held at the end of this month at Southside on Lamar celebrating this positive shift in the Dallas educational landscape.