It is important to ensure that every voter and community member has complete and accurate information from candidates during election season. The decision to support one candidate or the other should be based on facts. In recent weeks, it has become clear that campaign material and recent statements by a District 2 candidate indicate that current trustee, Dustin Marshall’s January vote against a board resolution tying together three legislative priorities, increased state funding for public schools, opposition to the proposed A-F accountability system and opposition to vouchers, means he is pro-voucher and against public education. Not true. On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Marshall explicitly stated his opposition to vouchers in a public DISD Board of Trustees meeting. The video clip below has a portion of his January statement about the resolution as well his statement this week specific to vouchers.
DallasKidsFirst interview(2/11/17): “Marshall clearly stated in our interview that he opposes vouchers”-interview participant, Susie McMinn.
Dallas Morning News Endorsement(4/12/17): Regarding one of Marshall’s opponents…Her main knock on Marshall, that he voted against a resolution that included a rebuke of vouchers, doesn't hold water. Marshall has steered transformative initiatives as a public education advocate and volunteer for more than a decade.
Dustin Marshall: (1) April 14, 2017 FB post--“I do not support Vouchers. I never have. I have been very clear about this position. In fact, I’ve been part of multiple efforts to stop voucher bills. I believe public dollars should stay in public schools where we can hold our institutions accountable for the educational outcomes of our kids, and the data shows that vouchers are not effective – especially with the students that need the most help.
(2) During a discussion on vouchers at the April 13 DISD Board Briefing, Marshall said, “……as a public education advocate, I firmly believe that institutions that are spending public, taxpayer dollars should be held accountable for the educational results of their students and that's not possible when you are giving money to private schools."
(3) In August 2016 Trustee Marshall voted to in support of putting a TRE on the ballot to increase funding for Dallas ISD schools. DISD Vote Tracker for August 2016
(4) Video of Marshall's full comments describing his support for increased funding for public education and explaining his January vote are below.
Based on every piece of information on the subject, any and all claims that Trustee Dustin Marshall supports or is planning to support vouchers or harm public education are false. As you make your decision on the next Trustee for District 2, please consider honesty as an important quality for our leaders.