2018-2019 Annual Summary

WHO WERE THE 2018-2019 TRUSTEES?

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HOW DID THIS BOARD MOVE THE NEEDLE FOR STUDENTS?

Funding

  • Approve the use of possible new funds from tax ratification election to align with District's 4 strategic initiatives: strategic compensation, racial equity, schools of choice, and early learning.

  • Authorize eligible Dallas ISD staff to get a salary raise for the 2018-2019 school year.

Early Learning

  • Authorize 12 Pre-K service centers to work with Dallas ISD students for 2018-2019.

  • Approve in-district charter PreK partnership for DISD 3 and 4 year olds.

  • Approve the shared cost of operating and staffing a total of 11 full day PreK classrooms.

  • Approve adding a scholarship option for more families to participate in tuition-free PreK.

  • Approve DISD's partnership with a PreK center for additional funding and a shared, stable learning environment.

  • Allow district to provide home instruction to parents of 3-5 year old children with HIPPY specialists for up to 1,500 households.

Mental Health

  • Authorize mental health training for Dallas ISD staff.

  • Provide health and mental health care and support to children and their families.

  • Provide psychiatric services to help identify and treat students with mental health disorders.
    Offer incentives to attract teachers to the district's hard-to-fill teaching positions.

College & Career Readiness

  • Authorize new P-TECH partnerships between Dallas County Community College, 14 industry partners, and 12 high schools to support a transition for college & career. 

  • Expand staffing for dual credit instruction through Texas A&M Commerce.

  • Approve the following for College Access Program: Academic Success Program Dallas, Education is Freedom, SMU, The Princeton Review.

  • Approve giving all high school seniors access to taking the ACT test in preparation for college applications.

Strategic Compensation

  • Authorize UT Dallas the ability to research Dallas ISD's teacher evaluation system ("TEI").

Racial Equity

  • Authorize 3 different organizations to partner with the district in offering racial equity and implicit bias training.

  • Approve a partnership with University of Pittsburgh to provide support to 14 secondary schools, serving predominantly African American, Latino, English Learner, and low-income students.

Student Outcome Goals

  • Approve annual targets and progress measures for Student Outcome Goals.

  • Approve replacement of district-specific framework for board governance with the State Board of Education's framework.

  • Approve a change in the District's promotion criteria for 2nd-8th grade students and placement for overage students.

  • Approve plans to help four schools get off 'Improvement Required' list (Pease, Holmes, Atwell, and Patton).

Public School Choice

  • Change the attendance zone for Twain, Turner, and Carpenter to repurpose Twain as a grades 1-5 school for talented and gifted.

  • Change the attendance zone for Mills and Ceder crest, and to repurpose Mills as a grades 1-8 school for talented and gifted.

Student Coursework

  • Offer innovative courses including STEM, Mexican-American Studies, African-American Studies, and Teen & Police Service. 

  • Approve new instructional materials for 2019-2020 for Reading, Language Arts, Phonics, and Financial Literacy

  • Approve educational services in support of Dallas ISD district wide in the areas of visual and performing arts.

WHERE DID THIS BOARD FACE CHALLENGES IN MOVING THE NEEDLE?

Dallas Kids First identified 41 key issues that greatly impacted students, teachers, and strong board governance in the 2018-2019 school year. Trustees unanimously supported 59% of the key issues (see vote tracker with key issues below). Challenges at the board table came from a difference of opinion on 41% of the key issues, which are listed below.

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2017-2018 Annual Summary

WHO WERE THE 2017-2018 TRUSTEES?

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HOW DID THIS BOARD MOVE THE NEEDLE FOR STUDENTS?

Policy Votes - One major policy vote from the 2017-2018 School Board was the approval of the Racial, Socio-Economic, and Educational Equity Policy. Trustees Solis and Foreman played a big role in developing the resolution that paved the pathway for policy; and the Dallas ISD administration started the work of implementing systems and structures to realize the vision of the policy.

Campus Votes - Dallas is quickly evolving and its growth has impacted the composition of campuses across different neighborhoods. With that, the Dallas ISD administration received the support of the board to respond appropriately to the needs of our students. 

  • Renaming four schools that had been named after confederate generals

  • Providing drop-in and shelter services for unaccompanied homeless youth through After8toEducate

  • Opening a two-way dual language 4-8 TAG campus in Pleasant Grove & a 4-8 TAG campus at Sudie Williams

  • Opening of Transformation & Innovation school - Ignite - at J.W. Ray Learning Center

  • Approving industry partnerships with 5 additional high schools under the P-TECH Program

  • Consolidating Hernandez and Maple Lawn Elementary Schools; repurposing Hernandez to a Montessori School

  • Consolidating Sam Houston and Medrano Elementary schools; repurposing Sam Houston to a Personalized Learning School

WHERE DID THIS BOARD FACE CHALLENGES IN MOVING THE NEEDLE?

Dallas Kids First identified 34 key issues that greatly impacted students, teachers, and strong board governance in the 2017-2018 school year. Trustees unanimously supported 74% of the key issues (see vote tracker with key issues below). Challenges at the board table came from a difference of opinion on 26% of the key issues.

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