2017-2018 Annual Summary

WHO WERE THE TRUSTEES THIS YEAR?

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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, which are listed below.

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  • Failed: Proposed Tax Ratification Election for voters via a 13 cent option, 6 cent option, 2 cent option, or 2 cent tax swap option
  • Passed 6-3: Allocation of remaining funds from individual Trustee Budget used for travel, professional development, and board-related functions to general operating budget for district
  • Passed 7-2: Closure of JFK Elementary and J.W. Ray Elementary to consolidate with Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Passed 7-2: Adoption of 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget
  • Passed 8-1: Approval of compensation modifications, contingent and effective on voter approval of a tax ratification election

how did each trustee vote for each key issue?

Take a look at the Key Issues Vote Tracker to see what our Dallas ISD Trustees had to decide on in the 2017-2018 school year!

If you have questions about this annual summary, please email info@dallaskidsfirst.org.