About Dallas Kids First
Dallas Kids First is a non-partisan group of concerned citizens and parents that believe every kid in Dallas deserves access to quality public schools.
We were established to help find, support and elect great Dallas Independent School District (DISD) board leaders, and engage every voter in Dallas to participate in school board elections.
Your vote counts. You can make a difference.
To raise community awareness about DISD issues, focus on putting kids first, and organize voters around great school board candidates.
- We believe in making tough decisions that put kids first.
- We believe that all students deserve outstanding teachers.
- We believe that great schools have empowered and accountable leaders.
- We believe in setting high expectations for everyone involved in education.
We have made great strides over the last several years to successfully initiate improvements in the DISD. Since 2012 we have seen significant increases in:
- The number of students entering kindergarten ready to succeed | up 12% since 2012
- Students reaching the postsecondary level on state assessments | up 9% since 2012
- The number of best-fit schools available for our students | 15 different models are available within DISD
- The number of DISD students attending an Improvement Required school – the lowest state rating – has been cut in HALF!
Why We Advocate
DISD is making progress, but progress is not happening fast enough -- impeded by school board politics that favor adults not children.
DKF exists to increase citizen engagement by providing actionable information about public school governance.
- Our 9 School Board Trustees have the important task of guiding and approving a $1.5 billion budget, hiring and firing our superintendent, establishing priorities and policies by which the school district operates and representing approximately 100,000 citizens and 17,000 students in their districts.
- Yet voter participation in recent Dallas ISD is less than 10% of registered voters.
- We believe that districtwide transformation requires trustees that will honestly assess Dallas ISD's challenges and make student-based decisions.