Dallas ISD Trustee Carla Ranger Is Resigning

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[Update at 4:53 p.m.: As far as the district is concerned, Carla Ranger has not formally resigned because has not delivered "written notice, signed by the Board member, to the presiding officer of the Board," per resignation policy. An email is not considered a resignation letter. There will also need to be a special election to replace her, per policy. Policy also says she could remain on the board till her replacement is in place.]

I was just on the phone with Dallas ISD spokesman Jon Dahlander about this last-second meeting called for Tuesday evening by the school board; the lone item on the agenda involves possible changes to the election cycle, the result of Dallas County Elections wanting DISD to move elections to November rather than May. (But in which year?) When I was talking to Dahlander, Schutze sent me this note just posted to Carla Ranger's website:
Board of Trustees
Dallas ISD

Dear Trustees:

Via this email, I am today submitting my resignation as District 6 Trustee effective on the earliest date of Board acceptance.

It is my hope that the Board will appoint a replacement until the next regularly scheduled election date.

Immediate acceptance and appointment of a new Trustee prior to the September Board briefing would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Carla Ranger
District 6 Trustee
I imagine it has something to do with what happened last night. More to come.

Update at 4:26 p.m.: I called trustee Edwin Flores, who reps District 1 and chairs the personnel committee, for his response. He had no idea Ranger resigned. "How do you know?" he asked. When I told him, he said: "I should have guessed."

Said Flores, "It's unfortunate she has decided to take this step." Flores says he's not sure why she resigned. One can guess. "It is what it is. Doing what we do is not fun. It's a rough position. Believe me, more than once have I asked myself: 'Why am I doing this? Why do I continue to do this?' I wish her and her family the best and hope and pray the board, if we do have the opportunity to appoint someone, find someone to represent District 6 with the same zeal she did."

I asked: What now? Said Flores, they'll have to meet with attorneys.

But: "This issue has come up before. My predecessor [Ken Zornes] resigned. The rule is there's a special statute that applies to Dallas and Houston, which is, if their term has between six months and a year to go, we can appoint somebody. If not we have to call a special election. My predecessor resigned in January, so there was an election for his unexpired term for one year. Carla just got a new term last May, when nobody ran against her, so I am fairly sure we have to call a special election. We may have to appoint somebody."
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Robinhood62
Robinhood62

We have to be mindful of the fact she has not formally resigned as of yet. Lets talk people, we can get something done if we do just that. If you want to support her, send me a "Support Carla" email at robinhood63@gmail.com. Do it quickly!

Robinhood62
Robinhood62

Correction robinhood62@gmail.com .   

Sharon Boyd
Sharon Boyd

Hope Ms. Ranger runs for something where I can vote for her -- like County Judge to replace the weanie Jenkins.   I am sure she's a Democrat, but I would vote for her for almost anything she wants to do.   What a role model she is for young girls -- for all women for that matter.   Thank you, Ms. Ranger for your honesty, your integrity, your intelligent comments/questions and service. 

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

 I agree Sharon. I hope she seeks another seat. I have always thought she was an effective trustee. Whatever she decided to run for I would vote for her. I personally would like to see her run for the Dallas county commissioners seat. I'm not sure if she lives  in that district, if not, well, she can live in district  during the week; I would still vote for her. She is actually qualified and able to beat JWP. She is formally educated, not self educated, she know the law, has a high sense of integrity despite the nay sayers; she has favorites as most politicians, but she is fair and does not have a nature for corruption. If she run, I will stay in the district, if not. I'm out. Her presence on the board will completely staunt this bull crap that intertwines between these local governing agencies.

copywrite*
copywrite*

I wonder if Mr. Mean ever does anything for anyone. Does he show up to do the tutoring and mentoring of older children, playing with and reading to preschoolers, sorting and shelving books at the public libraries, contributing fresh produce to the food pantries, etc., etc., etc. 

Lots of smarts, lots of snark, way too little effort to make things better would be my bet.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Well none of our trustees do, either.

And worse, they do NOTHING to address the real issues plaguing DISD.

Dinners and other retreats on our dime?Yeah, I bet they do that.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I do not embrace mediocrity especially in elected officials.   I have voiced my outrage, to them (the DISD trustees), of their shenanigans with the Jubilee neighborhood -- the battle of homeowners vs the DISD eminent domain proceedings (as many other issues that have graced the public arena).  I have even attended their dog and pony shows that they call public meetings to express my views in person.    I send my opinions to them via emails.  I share my views with them but do they listen?   Noooooo!   They rarely respond. I get the impression that Copywrite* approves of the trustees and the way the DISD has been run over the past decade and the scandals that have been in the news.   I have seen too many people remain silent when our elected officials (who are suppose to represent the people who elected them) make poor or questionable decisions on policy.   If you remain silent then you are by default approving of their actions.    We need to get away from embracing and rewarding failure and incompetence.   As Edwin Flores said ‘good news we are not criminals were just incompetent”.  Just the caliber of person you want leading an institution charged with educating our children. By the way last Sunday I received a plate of cookies from a neighbor for, in their opinion, “being such a nice and helpful neighbor” to them (and others in the hood).   I do not however suffer fools lightly.   I do not suffer the trustees nor the former superintendent of the DISD either.  

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Copywrite probably is a board member.Or a spouse of a board member.

No one should have to volunteer.  We have jillions of overpaid bureaucrats busy doing nothing.  In fact, volunteers who paint the schools and hand out school supplies actually enable the board members to ignore even more issues.

At DISD, we have secretaries for the secretaries.  Assistants for the assistants.  Too many generals, not enough soldiers.

Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

I have always supported and voted for Carla Ranger. I can understand that the disfunction of the DISD redistricting process may have been the last straw.  See http://dallasredistricting2011... for one view of the problems with the DISD redistricting process.

G_David
G_David

Well, there goes the "smart one".

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

My thanks for  the hard work, time and energy that was given to public education by Carla Ranger.  As a resident of her district, a supporter of Mrs. Ranger,  I am sadden by her resignation. History will show that she was right on many of the stances that she took on the DISD board.

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Carla Ranger has been a strong voice for the Taxpayers,students and parents.To be blindsided by Lew Blackburn at the last minute is hard.The board was supposed to review maps not Lew's one map.I do not understand how one person can change order of agenda.Lew Blackburn does not even live in Dallas he lives with his new wife in Grand prairie I've been told.It is odd that a newly wed would live in house alone until weekend then drive to grand Prairie. last time they drew lines at DISD Flores was stealing precincts,also Flores stated policy said we need to call special election without taking a breath changed and said We may have to appoint somebody that's because they want another yes man/woman on board.

Teacher in the OC
Teacher in the OC

Is Ms. Ranger about to become DeSoto's new superintendant? The timing works pretty well....

Daddyshack
Daddyshack

Has everyone patting this person on the back been employeed by the D.I.S.D. You are all either in denial or just completely blind. This district is in shambles and many,many long time employees are not placed. Wake Up!

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Daddyshack-in my tracking of the DISD Ms. Ranger has been the ONLY one who seems to have their head screwed on.   All the others are soooo bad and inept.  Remember what Flores said after the auditor report was released (delayed until AFTER the 1.32 BILLION DOLLAR BOND PROPOSAL PASSED).   "Were not criminals were just incompetent"    Wow!  What a statement to make!   And to think that they wanted to extend their terms from 3 years to 4 after this.....   Only Ms Ranger had the sense to object to this.   I could list sooo many other examples of the incompetence of the DISD!   The only thing the DISD has lead the way in is inept local government.    Yes the district is in shambles.   And now the only sane person has left the asylum.

Robinhood62
Robinhood62

NOTE: They had decided to extend their terms on Tues August 30. All they wanted to do is get Mrs. Ranger out of the way.

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Ms. Ranger fought daily for the right thing she never had the support of majority of other board member to to do what it took for improvement.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

I was unable to go last night, and I heard there was acrimony about the redistricting, which is so not the way it was at a meeting earlier on. I am sorry to hear that yet again, there will be arguing abotu the districts.

Ms. Ranger has been a friend to educaiton in Dallas, and I thank her for her service. A perosn knows when it is time for them to elave, and for her, this probably is it. Mr. Flores does have one thing right, the job  of a trustee is merciless and thankless. But nobody is ever drafted, they volunteer to run.

I would disagree with mr Mean here, Ranger is not the only repsectable member. There are several others. Problem is, peopel just don't take an active interest in this board unless there is some scandal, huge mistake or problem looming. If you want quality people to run, you have to make it worth their while. You have to get enough people involved, that only a person of integrity would take the job. But when less than 5% of the eligible voters actually vote in DISD elections, you get what you get.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I regret that I have been “entertained” by the DISD ineptness for too many years.    I am reminded of the old adage that it takes ten “at a boys” to offset one “aw shit”.   Unfortunately, like stars in the universe, there are not enough “at a  boys” out there to off set the balance for the DISD.    I however agree that the public should be more involved but after hearing too many tales of tax paying citizens (and parents of students) throwing themselves at the mercies of the DISD trustees at their meetings (and being abused by the trustees) I can only conclude that the trustees (those remaining) are not there for the betterment of the students or the tax payers but in their own little world.  It is no wonder why pulic (including me) is turned off by the DISD trustees.  At best the product (graduated students) of the DISD are ill equipped for collage or the work force that they must join.  But they sure feel good about themselves.    Now let me regress that I know that I have painted too many with the broad brush of my ire and have unfairly besmirched those who have made it through the system and benefited; but again soooo many years of scandal and incompetence and I know when we turn our backs yet another example will rear it’s ugly head.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

So the only respectable member of the DISD trustees has resigned.   What a shame but it does not surprise me.   After all most to the trustees are either crooks, incompetent or both.   Again this make me wonder why my tax dollars are going to this organization.  Ohhhhh I forgot “it’s for the good of the children” their (the trustees) constant refrain while they merrily go on with their shenanigans.   What a shame.   Ms. Ranger was the only honorable trustee the DISD had.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Respect and admiration to the Honorable Carla RangerThank you for your service!

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

I don't always agree with Ranger, but she tends to stand up for what she thinks is right and best for those she serves. I sure as hell agree with that.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

+1  This is a big blow to DISD.

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