Grand Prairie ISD Would Like My DISD Student to Enroll There. Everyone Else Also Welcome.

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Saw this when I got home last night -- an invite to attend a Grand Prairie Independent School District open house  January 21 at the South Grand Prairie High School Coliseum. The postcard thinks that maybe my Dallas ISD-attending child would want to attend, say, the Garner Fine Arts Academy. Or the John A. Dubinski Career High School. Or Crockett Fifth Grade Center STEM Academy. Or, coming soon, the fine-arts middle and high schools. The options are myriad.

Reminds the postcard: "GPISD is an open enrollment district. You don't have to live in Grand Prairie to choose GPISD!"

Well, this is the first time I've ever been invited to look at a district outside of the DISD. I asked Sam Buchmeyer, director of communications for GPISD, to explain the mailer.

"I don't want to say it's unprecedented, because Washington, D.C., does something similar," he said. "It's called 'schools of choice,' which is public schools creating alternatives within the public school system to effectively complete against what charters and private schools can do. Public schools have shackles -- federal, state guidelines -- but this is a concept we came up with last year. It goes back to one of our elementaries on the verge of closing -- enrollment had gotten too small, and we wanted to come up with some way to draw kids in -- and we came up with a fine-arts curriculum. And when we said we were an open enrollment district, parents said, 'That's awesome,' so we bumped enrollment back up. And we thought, 'Why don't we do this elsewhere?'"

Hence the creation of the other academies and magnets being pitched on the invite.

I asked if there are a lot of kids from outside Grand Prairie attending GPISD schools. He said yes, but he didn't have the hard numbers. "But anecdotally I've heard we have kids traveling from as far as McKinney to take their kids to Garner."

Buchmeyer said this is the first time GPISD's made an effort to lure kids from other districts. But it sure won't be the last.

"The game has changed for public schools," he said. "Before you didn't say words like 'marketing' a district. You'd talk about how wonderful you were and you'd issue press releases about the school district, but no we can offer a variety of specialized programs. We have that ability. And now we have to tell people and the way to do that is marketing GPISD."
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NOT A HAPPY PARENT
NOT A HAPPY PARENT

I live in Grand Prairie and feel that this is unfair to all of the students and parents of GP schools.  I was completely blindsided by this vote, Parents at GP students were not notifed of this and were not given the option to vote for this. 

And what Sam Buchmeyer forgot to mentioned is the schools that they are changing are schools that are under achievement schools.  So when they make this change to the "new title schools' they erase there status of being underachieved, they start with a clean slate.  Why can't they just make improvements and IMPROVE the school that is already there.  Instead of inviting other students from other districts into GP schools.  Who is going to pay for this, the residents of GP?

Prairie Dog
Prairie Dog

Dear Not a Happy Parent,

Reagan Middle School is one of the schools that is changing and it is a wonderful mix of kids.  About one third Hispanic, one third African American, one third White and 100 percent Exemplary.  I work there and I'm proud of my kids and proud of my principal.

GP Alumni
GP Alumni

Elizabeth Weathers - You are CORRECT.  This is a SCAM to try and get folks to come to GP.  Why is GP so short on funding.  Simple answer - CORRUPTION.  The Superintendent is under increasing attack from her employees and the NAACP for spending millions on consultants and vendors where her father sits on the Board of Directors.  The cost to educate a student is MORE than the funds you get from the state.  What does that mean for GP taxpayers?  You will be paying for a child who resides outside the district to attend your school system even though they don't pay your property taxes.  The Superintendent and School Board in GPISD need to be run out of town.  What a Joke!

Gpgopher
Gpgopher

DEAR GP ALUMNI, This is another one of your lies. We all know who you are. GP is in better financial shape. than most schools in Texas.Everything you said about the superintandent is a lie.The superintendent and board does not need to be run out of town ---- like the ex mayor of Mansfield was. THE REAL G.P. ALUMNI

bobbyv
bobbyv

I don't have children (and don't want any) but are Grand Prarie schools good?   I worked in that burb for a while and it seemed like a fine mixture of mostly middle to working class whites, upscale and lower class blacks, and working class hispanics. And from the mostly industrial employment base in the area, I didn't get the impression the schools would be that great.

Busy Lady
Busy Lady

They actually are doing more for kids than other districts!

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I got one of these too and I thought it was fascinating.

I'm guessing this was not a random mailing to all DISD families.  I bet certain zip codes were targeted.  And I bet most of them were not in South or West Dallas.

Problem is, if the parents don't work out that way, who the hell is going to make that drive?  Someone will soon figure out a "transportation stipend" and/or "cost reimbursement" (bribes, actually) will be needed to get the parents over there.

Running schools like businesses has already produced cheating, now we have poaching, soon we'll have bribery.  Public education, thy future is spelled NCAA.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

And the zips they're targeting probably include a lot of pretty good DISD schools. My kids spent time in DISD and Plano schools and there really wasn't that big a difference at the elementary school level. But they were in a fairly high-performing elementary school (which DISD actually does have).

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

How do local taxpayers feel about funding the education of kids from outside the taxbase? I mean, if they resent Robin Hood already...

Guest
Guest

Kids who come in from out of district bring in money.  When you pay your local taxes they dont go to your local schools directly, the go to Austin and are then sent back to the District based on your Robin Hood and other exceptions.  For instance the state pays 1.1 days for every day of attendance of an ESL student, 1.2 for TAG eligibles so if you bring in to GPISD a kid who is in TAG and speaks more than one language, you are making money, not losing it.

Elizabeth Weathers
Elizabeth Weathers

I am a GPISD parent. In fact, the local middle school slated to become a fine arts academy is my kids' school.

I think the trend is nothing more than a scheme to bring money into the district. It certainly isn't designed to improve the educations of the existing students in Grand Prairie.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I like the comment about how public schools have state and federal shackles.That's true.Highland Park has to work around those same shackles; somehow they manage.

I am not so sure they do ?

RussellfM97
RussellfM97

Vast wasteland? Really? Do the words huge snob mean anything to you?

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

I like the comment about how public schools have state and federal shackles.That's true.Highland Park has to work around those same shackles; somehow they manage.

In DISD, our shackles are 3700 and most of the principals now in the district, not state or federal guidelines.

I had a student transfer in from another DISD school today.  He said the teacher who teaches the same subject I do fell asleep twice during the 1st semester and let the kids listen to their music and text most days. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

...and behind the sleeping teacher is a principal not paying attention either bc they are weak or bc they know to avoid conflict.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

A neighbor in McKinney got one of these last night.  It prompted nothing but confusion from all of us present.  I think the prevailing opinion became, "Why in God's name would I want to drive that far in rush hour traffic every day when our schools are better and two blocks away?"

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I received one these yesterday....why in the tarnation would I take my kiddo out of Plano's fine schools, and put him in that vast wasteland called GP?  I won't even go out that way for a pro sports event; why would I travel 50 miles every day, to have my kid in a crappy school. 

Teacher of Recrd
Teacher of Recrd

Because you self centered elitist.....Grand Prairie is actually educating kids of ALL races and ability unlike the monoeconomic Plano district! Come visit, you may be surprised...if you can get your Lexus out of the driveway.

Krego nana
Krego nana

Lexus?  I'm black, blind and "gotta" hurt leg......you raycess!  And I can't drive, on account of the DWI's. 

dj
dj

why would you call it a vast wasteland and do you have children or know children in that school district ???

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I live in Plano, the world ends at it's city limits. I wouldn't trade my Plano schools for GP schools-period. BTW, GP is a dump!

Irritated
Irritated

Your comments prove your ignorance. A "fancy"zip code means nothing when you are hateful and ugly on the inside. You shoul be ashamed!

dallasmay
dallasmay

"Take your Star Student out of that failing Dallas School, and put him in one of our Failing Schools." 

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