Damarcus Offord, the 20-Year-Old DISD Trustee Candidate, Just Lit Up Mayor Mike

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Like him or not, I'm sure we can all agree: Damarcus Offord, the 20-year-old Lincoln High grad who's challenging Bernadette Nutall for her southern Dallas seat on the Dallas ISD school board, is making the typical snoozefest that are school board politics a lot more fun.

Last week, Greg showed the video being circulated by Offord's opponents that shows the candidate ensuring, shall we say, that if trustees voted to close schools -- as they did in January -- he would show up at their homes and offices. To do what? He left that to their imaginations.

Mark Melton, the chairman of EducateDallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber's PAC and a group that Mayor Mike Rawlings has referred to as "our PAC," took to Facebook to raise even more questions about the video. Offord didn't appreciate that. And in this morning's city council meeting, he made his feelings more than clear to Rawlings.

He began, apparently, by passing out copies of Facebook comments made by Melton, who said things like:

Trustee votes impact the entire district, not just district 9. So, we all have an interest in every race. I think Damarcus is a nice enough kid with a bright future. But he's not ready to lead a 20,000 person organization with a $1.5 billion budget. He needs to focus on college right now and go get some life experience.

"Shame on you for using your office to support any school board candidate," Offord told the mayor. He asked for copies of emails between Rawlings and EducateDallas, which endorsed Nutall. "This is ridiculous. I just want you to take care of these slanders and biases."

"I think it's unacceptable," Offord went on. "As a citizen, I have a right to know."

He asked Rawlings why he didn't meet with him before "his" PAC endorsed Nutall. "Man to man, and as a citizen of Dallas," Offord said. "You represent all people, not just certain people."

"This is ridiculous," he added, on multiple occasions.

After Offord left the mic, Rawlings mentioned that he actually had invited Offord to his office, through councilwoman Carolyn Davis, and that he would be happy to meet with the young candidate. Davis said she'd received that invitation and would make sure they got together. "Man to man," she said.

Sounds like fun. Can we bring anything?


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BATESLIND41
BATESLIND41

THE COUNCIL PEOPLES THAT WE ELECTS FOR DECADES NOW  HAS BEEN ABOUT THEIR POCKET NOT FOR THE CITIZENS OF DALLAS.  WE HAVE MAYORS THAT COME IN RIGHT BUT GO ON WRONG FINDING OUT ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES BUT LEAVING THE  PEOPLES IN THE COMMUNITIES TO SUFFER AND AND BUILD. AND SPENDING THE CITIZEN TAX MONEY ON UNWANTED BUILDING INSTEAD OF STREETS  UNWANTED BRIDGES INSTEAD OF THE DYING COMMUNITY THE IT RUN THROUGH. WE ELECT THEY NEGLECT.   BUT WHAT CAN WE DO BUT SUFFER WE HAVE NOTHING THEY NO JUST A DYING COMMUNITY  SITTING IN A COLOR SPOT AT THE END OF THE MARGRET HUNTS BRIDGE IN WEST DALLAS SO WE NO WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT THAT GOES ON AT THE DALLAS CITY HALL A LOT OF UNCOVERD CORRUPTION . AND WHO TO SAY ANYTHING NONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE ELECTED THEY GET A SALARY CHECK FOR BUILDING ANIMAL SHELTER WHEN THE CITY NEED HOMELESS SHELTER FOR HUMANS BEING THAT ARE STRUGGLING .

Mary_miner123
Mary_miner123

Go Damarcus OOOOFFFFFFFOOOOORRDDDDD ! #TeamTigerss

Miracles-in-the-neighborhood
Miracles-in-the-neighborhood

DAMARCUS IS A ROCK STAR!  I wish every young person, every middle-aged person, every older person, has his level of interest in public education and local government.  Keep on inspiring us, Mr. Offord.  Don't let the big boys patronizing attitudes blunt your brilliance and your truth, young man.  You are JUST what we need today, and we need more of you.

Sammy
Sammy

Does Offord have a job? Where is he going to college?

Sanders Kaufman
Sanders Kaufman

So - his plan for leading DISD is to spend a lot of time shouting about what a victim he is, eh?That kind of leadership we can do without.

Michael123
Michael123

Offord is going to win his election against Nutall by big margins. Nutall has all but lost the trust of a majority of the voters of DISD District 9. DISD trustee Carla Ranger is correct, Offord did not threaten anyone on the BOT. Nobody on the BOT, including Nutall, lodged a criminal complaint against Offord after that meeting so what's the dill pickle? All this phony negative YouTube crap might work in other DISD BOT school districts but not in District 9. District 9 voters are too smart to be hoodwinked like that. Offord is going to do just fine as the next trustee for District 9. In contrast, Nutall will most likely shamefully wind up landing a nice job with a charter school system operating in the DISD and in other local school districts. And then, as Gwen would always say, "And the beat goes on"  

Michael123
Michael123

Offord is going to win his election against Nutall by big margins. Nutall has all but lost the trust of a majority of the voters of DISD District 9. DISD trustee Carla Ranger is correct, Offord did not threaten anyone on the BOT. Nobody of the BOT, including Nutall, lodged a criminal complaint against Offord after that meeting so what's the dill pickle? Offord is going to do just fine as the next trustee for District 9. In contrast, Nutall will most likely wind up landing a nice job with a charter school system operating in the DISD and in other local school districts. And then, as Gwen would always say, "And the beat goes on" 

AliceRoseBL
AliceRoseBL

If this was any other business worth $1.5 billion, who in their right mind would let someone with no experience take charge?! It's not his age that is the worry, it's knowledge / practice / understanding which helps that huge sum of money reflect the person behind the spending... good intentions are not enough. He may have a background which has been much more recently exposed to what attending a school under DISD is really like, and I'm sure he has plenty of ideas of how it could be improved, but without experience in handling such a budget, and how to go about partaking in a position of such great responsibility, he can surely only achieve a limited amount. When Steve Jobs' job became available, it wasn't given to a likely looking Apple intern, fresh out of high school or college who looked like they had 'potential'. No, it was given to someone who could run a business and budget effectively because they had experience in the matter. Yes, perhaps an extreme example, and I'm sure plenty of people will have something to contradict my point, but I know you can see where I'm coming from. I truly mean my next statement in the least patronizing way it can come across - Damarcus, go out and see the world before you try to change it.

Rosebutts69
Rosebutts69

And my Mr. Damarcus Offord does it again. So pround to know such a driven young Man. Another ”O” does it again! Ily D mama Toni.....*”O”bama&”Offord”2012*

MattL1
MattL1

"But he's not ready to lead a 20,000 person organization with a $1.5 billion budget. "

Shit, the people who are on the job NOW don't appear ready to do that. If they are, they sure as hell aren't showing it.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

If anyone wants to know how Damarcus Offord really feels about Mayor Rawlings why don't you go to Mayor Rawlings website http://www.mikerawlingsfordall...

Damarcus Offord says:April 20, 2011 at 10:11 AMI think he’s the right person to get the job done!Damarcus OffordDallas ISD Teen School Board,community Chairperson,senior class president,(Lincoln High School Class 2011)

Wow!!! How one year can change a persons opinion.

Guest
Guest

I'm a little confused about how he just "lit up" the mayor.  Offord showed up with some facebook posts by someone else who likes to pretend to be important (Melton).  Those posts  don't really say anything bad about Offord other than the fact that Offord isn't very experienced (which is true).  The posts weren't written or endorsed by the mayor.  Then Offord bitches that the mayor shouldn't get involved in the race and makes meaningless demands to see all the mayor's email.  That isn't exactly lighting anyone up. 

Follow the Money
Follow the Money

Follow the money folks. Bernadette is bought and paid for by the North Dallas establishment. Vote for Nutall and you're voting for the Dallas Citizen's Council, the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber, the real estate PACs, Educate Dallas and Dallas Kids First.

Sammy
Sammy

I disagreed about Bonham but yes it took courage for Nutall to vote to close schools in her district.  How about asking Offord why his alma mater Lincoln is half the size it was a few years ago and why Lincoln and Madison should even be kept open when there are only a few hundred students at each school?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Once again, the Dallas Observer writes a story on how to take down "The Establishment" (and that so easily took a shot at Mayor Rawlings) and once again the readers are full of those who can't even vote in the election the article is about.  If you don't think that Damarcus Offord is pushed by a political establishment, then you obviously didn't even read the article.  If a meeting between the Mayor and him has to go through Carolyn Davis or even the thought that the meeting should go through her should let you know that he has higher political opinions (and probably hers) influencing him.  The mere thought that he despises the Mayor for supporting Nutall but graciously accepts Davis' friendly hand of guidance is the hypocrecy that plagues the Black community.  If you don't think he is politically motivated, ask Juanitta Wallace (President of NAACP) why she is supporting him??? Is it ridiculous for her to use her position? Or ask Joyce Formen (political consultant on all losing campaigns in Dallas) why she supports him? Is it to make another buck off of another lost election and off of a man who graduated high school at the age of 20??? C'mon people wake up. Regardless of what will happen to those schools that closed down, they served DISD no financial good.  Lest we forget DISD is a learning institution but it is also a business and has to operate within a budget. It's all great that Mr. Offord can threaten people lives, homes, and business with protesting if they vote in favor of an action.  A real candidate would have not only done that but would have offered the financial solution to not close the schools down, but keep them open by cutting X or by adding Y amount of $$$ from Z.  Anyone can complain about process and outcomes but a real leader finds solutions.  That he is not...

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Dallas Independent School DistrictSubstitute Teacher's Assistant · Aug 2004 to present · Dallas, TexasAll schools, all grades, all subjectsAnd your plan is what?  You've been around DISD for 8 years and I know you have seen the board and administration make unwise decisions.  If not, I would have to ask if you have been paying attention.  It is time for a change."Nothing should be overlooked in fighting for better education. Be persistent and ornery: this will be good for the lethargic educational establishment and will aid the whole cause of public education." Roy Wilkins

trudat
trudat

If the armed forces felt like you do, I'm sure hundreds of billions of dollars worth of machinery (not to mention a lot of the general "national defense") would be sitting out in the rain rusting.  We probably wouldn't have anyone to operate anything because so many unexperienced young folk with no background just could not be trusted....

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Please tell me what experience Bernadetta Nutall, Nancy Bingham, Bruce Parrott, Adam Medrano, Trini Graza, Leigh Ann Ellis, Hollis Breashear, Ron Price and others had before being elected?  I can not think of very many people who are elected to these positions that have experience balancing  billion dollar budgets.  I know that Lew Blackburn had some experience, but it was not so good.  These trustees do not run the day to day operations of DISD, they are policy makers and Demarcus, just like the others have the right to use his knowledge to fight for equal and quality education for all of the students in DISD. 

Damarcus follow your own dreams and let others follow theirs.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

How many of the current school board members have taught school?

Does the AMA have non-doctors running things?How about the American Bar Association?

DISD is NOT a business.  It is a not-for-profit entity funded by taxpayers to educate children.

The "business" people and their ilk have ruined a noble pillar of American society.

The LAST thing we need is some business wonk focused on DISD's $1.5 billion.

Sickening.

Anita
Anita

Pulled from a FB post from somedone who also saw Mr. Offord's age as a concern. (How funny you should mention Apple :D)

Richard Branson was about 20 when he founded Virgin Records. Bill Gates cofounded Microsoft at 20. Steve Jobs was 21 when he and Woz founded Apple. If their age alone were a disqualifier, their fresh perspectives wouldn't have been unleashed upon the world

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Mike Rawlins was an unknown, and I know several people who supported him, but are having second thoughts about his leadership. I am sure you have never changed your mind about someone you supported.

Anita
Anita

11 schools were voted to be closed within this year, 5 IN ONE DISTRICT.  If this doesn't motivate a need for change, I don't know what else would make someone want to move and get involved. 

Sammy
Sammy

That's BS..where were you when Nutall caused a ruckus by wanting to name a school for Barack Obama even though it meant changing the rules? Not exactly a North Dallas puppet...

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I am with you.  Why are the charter people, the mayor and the business community starting new pac's to elect school board trustees?  It not just about the money, it's all about the money.....1.4 billion dollar budget and 1.3 billion dollar bond package.  That can take care of a few people who are on public welfare.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

I can not speak for Damarcus, but you do know that Lincoln is a magnet school and Madison is not.  For me, it is easier to close high schools than elementary schools.  I just hate the fact that 4,5,6,7 and 8 year old children will have to leave their neighborhood schools. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Why would we ask Offord about Lincoln and Madison still being open?He isn't a trustee.He isn't a DISD employee.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Not only do you have your facts wrong--those schools were not all underutilized, but since when did a school system become a business? We don't make a product. We educate. We are not here to keep millionaires in Highland Park and Preston Hollow in better comfort. We are in DISD to take the children who walk through our doors and work miracles--every day. Yes, there is a huge divide in Black Dallas. Has been for quite a while. I know at least one side has been carrying water for the White Man of North Dallas for about, say, 45-50 years. The other? Still looking and checking. Unlike YOU, OAK CLIFF RES, I live in District 9. This will be for me to decide. I supported Nutall last time, hoping for a change, but when I look at her record of votes--for me as a teacher--- I am sorely disappointed. Offord is quite young and very inexperienced. At least he is doing something--running for office, when most people just bitch and moan. I have to think really hard on this one. Oh, his threat? Vague, but still not good. But if you think that trustees have not threatened teachers, you are clueless.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Damarcus's campaign has not paid me any money, and  I am supporting him.  Those loosing campaigns that you speak of were actually things that I did not believe were the best for our city, and one was for a man that I truly believed would be the best mayor for Dallas.  I was against  the Trinity Toll Road, the city owned hotel, citywide beer and wine sells and I supported former Chief David Kunkle for mayor.....they were all the least funded because they were not the establishment's choices and I remain happy that this is American and I have the right to support what I want.  I have no regrets about my work and will do all that I can for Damarcus.....FREE.

When people hide who they are it is senseless to try and reason with them.  Damarcus Offord is a better choice than Bernadette Nutall for DISD's District 9 seat.

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." Martin Luther King, Jr

Anita
Anita

It's got to be a sick feeling.... in the pit of your stomach.  Knowing you are getting your pants handed to you,  by a 20 year old. 

Anita
Anita

Ahhh!  THERE IT IS: "Regardless of what will happen to those schools that closed down, they served DISD no financial good"So yes, it is all about the $..  Ofcourse it would be to Big Business that is trying to take over DISD.  Whatever slant you and Mark Melton, EducateDallas and Nutall supporters (Which I am of strong opinion are all the same person representing the same entity), you still always come back to the same conclusion that DISD should put Big Business and corporations over the best interest of the STUDENTS.  SHAME ON YOU.

And Why don't you ask those same people you mentioned why they support him. It could be they support a candidate who will put the interest of the community above financial gains and contracts. While we have NO IDEA why the Mayor chose to reach out to Mr. Offord through Carolyn Davis instead of reaching out directly to him is beyond any of our reasoning and logic.  Again, I challenge you to take your concerns up with the Mayor at the next City Council meeting like Damarcus did instead of sensationalizing this story to suit your twisted and financially motived position.  I find it hilarious the levels and depths people will go to when they are desperate. 

Can't we all just get along?
Can't we all just get along?

Joyce how do you feel about Damarcus cussing out his Principal? Does that illustrate his maturity?  Was he not only granted graduation because one of the trustees stepped in on his behalf?  Did he not violate campaign finance law with his street signs which were place prior to his filing?   Are these the markings of someone who is ready to understand the intellectual challenges of being a trustee? 

Let us see Damarcus post something vaguely productive, for example how would he like to see Teachers evaluated?  How would he propose to balance the budget?  What form of student testing is he in favor of?  If he is the candidate you think he is, why not let him rise above the fray?  Why not encourge him to talk only in positive prose, and not to attack ... forget what others maybe (or may not be) doing. 

I applaud the young man for his being willing to speak out, but why not do so in a manner to which the students of DISD can be proud?  

AliceRoseBL
AliceRoseBL

I completely agree, which is why a founder of a not-for-profit entity like Circle of Support would be perfect for the job, rather than 'some business wonk' :)

AliceRoseBL
AliceRoseBL

Touché. However, these companies gradually built up to be worth billions of dollars; my point is, none of these people would have been given the responsibility to take the the reigns as a newbie of a multi-billion dollar business at the age of 20, with no experience. I'm not doubting that Mr. Offord is capable of great things, but he can't run before he can walk, which is where experience comes in.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

This is your reply to defend Damarcus Offords for overwelmingly support of Mayor Rawlings less than a year ago and how Mr. Offord is obviously proud to put that he is the Class President (if you didn't catch that, he is using his position), however when the Mayor that he supported supports another candidate he all of a sudden has a problem with him and has a problem with him using his title??? I wonder if he would have accepted the Mayors endorsement if the tables were turned... You bet your ass he would have. This guy is a joke and so are you.  From listening to him speak and watching you type and defend him, you are starting to sound like the same person. Just my opinion.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Maybe, because he graduated at the age of 20 from Lincoln High School last year and was the Class President!!!

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Ben Franklin, hide who he was when he wrote. I guess it's no point in reasoining with him either... Maybe I should stop trying to reason with Anita then...

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I don't feel that way because the only thing that Mr. Offord has handed out are threats and complaints.  Sad thing is, when you become an Elected Official or even trying to be one, the complaints end, Its time to find solutions. On another subject... Are you calling the election??? Shame on you, obviously you have not seen my track record on Dallas Observer.  But you will definetly remember this one... Nutall 62% Offord 38%. Ask Jim, or even ask Sam and Rob, Oak Cliff Res hasn't been wrong on an election yet, and I'm sure not going to start with this wanna be radical.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

You say that "you still always come back to the same conclusion that DISD should put Big Business and corporations over the best interest of the STUDENTS. SHAME ON YOU." 

First, I never said that.

Second, what students??? Those schools that closed down had attendance levels as low as 25% are you kidding me?  What is the best interest of students that 3/4 of the hallways are dark with no classrooms open leaving God knows what for the remaining 25% of the students that are left to do? 

And what contracts do you speak of? Book contracts??? Light bulb contracts???  Clock contracts??? Paper Contracts.  Ahh yes, maybe we could have saved those schools by not buying paper.  Well atleast a contract wouldn't have gotten passed... Would that have been putting the best interest of the community first.  Keeping a 25% attendance level school open, but sacrificing buying paper, and being able to pat yourself on the back and say "I didn't let a big business make money, because I voted against them selling us paper? C'mon now I say again.  If you are masked behind the veil that DISD and any other municipality is not a business then you don't have the reasoning to comment on the subject.  DISD contracts its bus transportation to Dallas County Schools just like it contracts construction deals. Don't be fooled by to think that it is any difference or sit there and try and choose or validate in your opinion what should be paid for and what should not be paid for. 

Again, I asked though.  What would be his plan, and now I ask you, what would be your plan to keep those schools open?  We have enough problems, how about some solutions.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Why should Damarcus post anything.  If I was the campaign manager, I would not let him post not one thing on this blog.  All of these no name people taking pot shots.  I call that throwing a rock and hiding your hand. Sounds like you could be Bernadette or some of her followers.  What about lying to old people and taking up his signs....I believe that is against the law.

To be honest I have cursed out a few people myself and in all of the cases, I believed they deserved it. ...  just saying.   Haven't you done a little cursing yourself?  I do not  know about that incident, so let his principal blog about it and I will comment then.

"I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves." Oprah Winfrey

Anita
Anita

Can't we all just get along?, so now I am attacking?  Is that the only argument Nutall supporters can come up with?  Okay.  I'll take it. 

Can't we all just get along?
Can't we all just get along?

Anita, are you unable to discern the answers to your questions from her voting record?   See what you have done there is not to support Demarcus in a productive way, but to attack someone else.  Don't attack, ask Demarcus to rise about this type of argument and put forward strong plans for the key topics, that is how he might win.  

Anita
Anita

I'm curious, what are Trustee Nutall's answers to those same questions.  I haven't seen her address any of the communities concerns.  Nor have I seen her comment on how she proposes to balance the budget.  What form of testing is she in favor of?

Come to think of it, I haven't heard Trustee Nutall say anything since her controversial vote.   - Maybe I am missing something. Maybe she is just hoping and wishing all of this will just go away. I say speak up loudly, like she did, when she voted in favor to close those 5 schools in her district. 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

No, we do not need Bernadette Nutall who founded Circle of Support.  She has not shown any leadership and is clearly at odds with the people in her district.  Her support of Charter schools over public schools is causing much concern and her blindly following the business community will not help her to stay in that seat.

Closing 6 schools in her district which were all good performing schools, voting for 45 minutes extra for teachers, supporting a policy to keep the public from speaking at board meeting, appointing Todd Williams of Uplift Charter to DISD Budget committee,  and other bad decisions are all reasons that the public has lost faith in her as a board member.

Anita
Anita

Unfortunately, the founder for the not for profit entity, Circle of Support, voted to close 5 schools in her own district. Doesn't sound like she is for her community or the district.  Just my opinion.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Yeap.  I knew Rawlins from serving on a board with him several years ago.  You missed the point.  Rawlins has made his DECISION in this race.  He wanted to publicly support candidates, but The City Manager and City Attorney said not so fast.  Sure it is appropriate for candidates to meet with the mayor, but not when he has ALREADY made his choice.

Anita
Anita

Losing..    As in Loser.  :D 

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Did you talk with Mike Rawlings before you supported Kunkle??? C'mon now, you are to knowledgable about politics even with your loosing record to think that every candidate in every race meets with the Mayor, any other elected official or even any voter for that matter including yourself before he or anyone else supports someone.

Anita
Anita

May 12 is the date.  See you then.  Have a great evening! 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

The mayor  never talked to Damarcus before deciding to support Bernadette Nutall.  Don't you think he should have spoken with both candidates?  Why should Damarcus meet with him now, he has made his decision.  I am sure you know that the mayor and Bernadette are in bed with Uplift Charter Schools.  Yeap, she appointed Todd Williams who is Uplift;s chairman to the DISD Budget Review Committee.  He is the chairman of that committee.  Can you say ...Fox in the henhouse.  DISD and Uplift are both getting taxpayer money, but Uplift does not have to reveal all of the information that DISD does.  I call that public welfare without accountbility, and it;s at the expense of educating all of the children.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Are you f*cking kidding me.  This entire article is about Mr. Offord's problem with the Mayors support of his opponent. "Shame on you for using your office to support any school board candidate," Offord told the mayor. (I doubt he would be telling the mayor that if he supported him)

Also, if Class President were of no prestige then why did Mr. Offord use it in the first place?  I guess your answer is the same as always, I should take that up with him. Duly noted. I will let the voters take everything up with him...

Anita
Anita

What type of position does a high school president have? Tell me exactly, how is it that YOU know that Damarcus has a problem with the mayor because he supports another candidate. Have YOU spoken with Mr. Offord personally?  My name is CLEAR in my responses Oak Cliff Res.  I am Anita.  Who are you?  I believe you are Mark Melton.  Your writing style and your arguments are the same.  But I don't get paid for my opinion, just like you don't either.  You know what they say about opinions.  Well, I have had fun debating with you.  See you May 12.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Because???... Typical Observer blogger.  Nothing to say. And whoever said I was a man?

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

That is not true but if he did....what?  Aleast he graduated.  If he had not graduated you would have something else to say. 

Anita
Anita

Why is that your concern.  Why aren't you concerned with the students of DISD?  Who are you to determine when someone should graduate?  I guess it's not good enough for you that he graduated, attended college and is now running for School Board trustee.  You are not running anything other than your mouth so who really cares about what you did in your high school days.  Those days are long gone buddy.  What are you doing now to better your community?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I use the one that says a person should graduate at the age of 18.  Just like I did. Even though at this point in the school year I would have been 17 because my birthday isnt until next month.  Very plausable for Mr. Offord to be turining 21 very soon.  Regardless of such, lets go with your mathematics.  Why would he have graduated at the age of 19???

Anita
Anita

That is untrue.  I know on social blogs such as this, people are free to say whatever they want, however untrue it is.  If Mr. Offord is currently 20 and a Lincoln graduate (meaning he graduated prior to this school year), what type of mathematics did you use? 

Anita
Anita

Maybe you should.  This is one battle you cannot win. 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

If you want to bring up South Dallas history, you should know why only whites lived there . Enough said.

Anita
Anita

I am a graduate of Lincoln as well as my father and his siblings (who by the way, was one of the fist families in S. Dallas and the family home was bombed by the welcoming neighbors in this community who were not so welcoming to blacks).  So your little history lesson is lost on me.  However this was back in the 50s and 60s.  We are talking about 2012 and in the 2011-2012 school year, those schools were rated as Blue Ribbon and Exemplary.  You are absolutely correct in the fact that the vote is not won in the media, but by the decision of the voters. By the way, what does the above comment have to do with Mr. Offord?  I guess just another weird random fact you like to throw out.  I see you are quite proud of your track record on this Dallas Observer blog.  I am sure it is one of your many accomplishments in life. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Wow.That White Jews comment is just disturbing.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

How am I all over the board?  I've consistently said the same thing.  Mr. Offord has only complained about DISD.  And at the end of the day, Trustee Nutall and Mr. Offord if elected is only 1 vote.  Mr. OFFORD however, has not OFFERED any substantial case on what DISD should have done.  It was great that Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream.  But he also had actual things that he fought to change from to change to.  Everyone wants change but how can you want change if you have nothing to change to???

Those schools WERE exemplary schools just as South Dallas WAS first home to nothing but White Jews.  If you don't believe me then go to the cemetary on Dolphin Rd. and you will see all of their graves... Times have changed.  You don't shy away from that truth.

At the end of the day one thing that America has changed from and now to is a democratic process, where regardless of how you point out that Nutall is a North Dallas established candidate, the voters of South Dallas and the district will decide the outcome of the race.  Rest assured though that the outcome will be 62/38 Nutall.

Anita
Anita

Trustee Carla Ranger's latest blog entry states that Mr Offord did not threaten any trustee and that he was referring to exercising his freedom of free speech (& assembly) to protest the consolidation vote. I'm sure you would love to go back and forth on this blog, the sway of public opinion through the media is a popular attack that we've seen in recent years. And in reference to your comment about contracts, you and I both kno Mr. Insider Attorney (as I jokingly refer to you) that we are not talki g about Staples contracts. Don't shy away from the truth, your point of view comes from controlling that $1B+ the district gets Each year.

Anita
Anita

You are all over the board today. Desperate times call for desperate measures. While you gave a lot of statistics and quotes to support your argument (sounds similar to that of an attorney, but I digress), your viewpoint still comes off as being financially motivated. All the name calling, finger pointing and blame shifting won't win this election for Nutall, although I will admit you're giving an amicable try. Trustee Nutall should have taken this consolidation to her community. Those schools were blue ribbon and exemplary schools. She is obviously not from South Dallas or she would've realized that combining students from warring factions within this community could seriously impact the learning of those students. There were many more concerns. As a trustee you do not have a right to act on your own accord. She was charged with being the voice of the community.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Where did you get your information? Seems like throughout this blog you have given untrue information to make your point. All of the schools that closed were either Exemplary, Accademically Acceptable or Recognized which sould be what we are looking for in schools. DISD has 33 campuses that were Accademically Unaccaptable and some may have to be reconstituted. Why not start with schools that were not giving the students the best shot at education? Please tell me the schools that were at 25% capacity. I know atleast one was at 113% capacity.  DISD has gone to a full day pre-K and that means 4 year old children will be taking the bus, would you want your 4 year old taking a school bus? 

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