Did Damarcus Offord, 20-Year-Old DISD Board Candidate, Threaten the Trustees?


A reader named Hometown Boy posted the link in the comment section of Bossman's story yesterday examining Tuesday's DISD board meeting, and the unwavering recalcitrance of DISD Trustee Carla Ranger. In it, board candidate Damarcus Offord appears to kind of perhaps threaten trustees.

Hometown Boy clearly does not want Offord to supplant Bernadette Nutall as District 9's next school board trustee. Stopping him might be easier said than done, though. The guy already has the teachers union's endorsement.

The footage is actually from the January 26 DISD board meeting. I remember the date because Robert Wilonsky, God rest his soul, sent me to cover it. You might remember it because that's the day the board voted 6-2 to close 11 city schools. (If you for some reason thought DISD had nine board members, you're right. Carla Ranger sat the vote out.)

Last night, we emailed Offord. Here's his official response, just as he wrote it:

Since the AFT (Teacher's Union) decided to endorse my campaign, Mark Melton and Educate Dallas have been stirred up like a bunch of red ants. These people will do anything to hold on to power. They want the Trustee in District 9 to stay the same:

•Despite the fact that Educate Dallas gave Trustee Nutall $10,000, 2 weeks before the controversial vote to close down 5 schools in her District. (Who votes to close down 5 schools in their own district?)

•Despite the fact that since she was elected, Trustee Nutall voted against the teachers 10 out of 12 times.

•Despite the fact that Dallas ISD leads the state with 43 unacceptable schools.

•Despite the fact that Dallas ISD only graduates 1/3 of its students.

•Despite the fact that only 10% of its seniors are college ready.

•Despite the fact that Lincoln high school, the school I graduated from, has been Academically Unacceptable (AYP) for four years. TEA demanded they restructure the curriculum, yet Trustee Nutall didn't feel it was important enough to even attend the Restructuring meeting.

I've seen the most powerful man in the county, Commissioner John Wiley Price come out against me. I've seen the most powerful man in the City of Dallas, Mayor Mike Rawlings, try to attack me. But my bible tells me, "That No Weapon Formed Against me Shall Prosper." My bible also tells me that if I "have the faith the size of a mustard seed, I can move mountains." On May 12, the voters in District 9 are going to show everyone how dissatisfied they are with the current leadership in Dallas ISD. The PAC, Educate Dallas that Mayor Rawlings called "our" PAC endorsed Trustee Nutall before they have even interviewed me and ahead of the submission deadline for all candidates. My question to Mayor Rawlings is, don't I deserve the opportunity to be interviewed as well? I met with Commissioner Price and he told me that he wasn't going to support either candidate. The very next day, he called and said he had to endorse Trustee Nutall because HE is the one who encouraged her to run. So it appears that he is speaking with a forked tongue.
The ALTERED and EDITED video that Educate Dallas and Mark Melton put out there, shows they're level of desperation to maintain the power and control while looting the tax payers of $1.4B, leaving the teachers and students out in the cold. So don't believe anything they say and whoever they endorse, RUN THE OTHER WAY. For the unedited version, here is a link to the actual video pulled from DISD's website. http://sire.dallasisd.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=461&doctype=AGENDA

My goal is to stay focused on the teachers, students and the community of DISD and this only reaffirms my decision to run. If you would like to reach me to discuss my views, you can contact me at Damarcus_Offord@yahoo.com.



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james
james

a dozen of the school kids who ain't gittin' educated bangin' on the 'trustee's' (and i use that term loosely) door to ask why might not be an entirely bad thing.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

D Magazine & TEDxSMU are having an all candidate forum on April 10, 2012 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, 1230 West Davis. See the details and register at http://disdeducationforum-estw...  All candidates have agreed to attend. Here is copy from that web site:=========================================== The race for the school board positions in districts 1, 3, and 9 is on, and elections will take place on May 12. We've invited all the candidates to join us at the Kessler Theater. Each candidate will be given three minutes to answer one question drawn from a hat (enter your question with your RSVP).Don't worry if your question isn't picked. We've encouraged the candidates to stick around and mingle. There's no cost to attend, and The Kessler will be serving up its finest drinks (cash bar).Candidates confirmed for the evening are:District 1: Michael Greenberg, Elizabeth Jones, Jennifer Levy, George Roland LoveDistrict 3: Daniel Micciche, Bruce ParrottDistrict 9: Damarcus Offord, Bernadette NutallWhy do these elections matter to you? Because the future of Dallas depends on its public schools. Here are just some statistics DISD Trustee Mike Morath shared with us...* DISD has 157,524 students in 225 schools* DISD is the largest employer in Dallas with 20,076 employees* The DISD Board of Trustees oversees a $1.4 BILLION annual budget* 10,872 of DISD employees are teachers, leaving 46% of the staff outside of our classrooms!* 34.5% of 9th graders will not graduate, and only 9.8% of seniors have a college level SAT/ACT score* Male high school dropouts are 47 times more likely to end up in prison than college grads. Texas spends $15,527 per prison inmate per year (2008). By way of comparison, DISD spends $122,500 per child from K-12, or an average of $9,423 per child per year. * By 2018, 63% of job openings will require some college education. If we continue at current rates, over the next two decades more than 100,000 kids in Dallas will grow up without a shot at success in the modern economy.* 21,352 people voted in the most recent DISD elections across all 9 districts (in the past 3 years), out of 476,127 registered voters in DISD, for a 4.4% voter turnout.Want to know what district you live in? .TEDxSMU D Magazine============================ Above notice copied from http://disdeducationforum-estw...

Tina
Tina

planet of the apes 

Edward
Edward

Maybe Ms. Foreman or one of the other "insiders" know, but I don't think I ever heard exactly what the hidden agenda was for closing those schools?

Was it to then convert them to charter schools? Or to enable a future bond election because "we don't have schools in this area"? 

I know the bond elections are funded by the construction and related companies in order to get contracts, but who are the financial beneficiaries for closing those particular schools?

mybolognahasathirdname
mybolognahasathirdname

I believe, Hometown Boy, is also a shill for the charter schools...so he/she definitely doesn't want someone, especially someone endorsed by the AFT, to win! 

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

I like this kid.  Is he perfect?  No.....but maybe he will be a good change.  Why not try something different since the status quo isn't working.

Southdallastruth
Southdallastruth

It wouldn't be a bad thing to have Offord's perspective on the Board. 

I have far fewer doubts about his interest in public education and regular people who are struggling, than I do about the interests of candidates propped up by all the rich white guys who send their own kids to private school while pretending to care about public education.

Message to all the rich white guys who were womanizing asshole frat boys in college, and to their pompous wives, to those who practice crony capitalism today, and who are so confident of their superiority:  we don't need your bullshit, we don't need your arrogance, we don't need to be the remedy for your collective guilt, or worse, to be the victims of your greed or lust for power masquerading as charity.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

D Magazine & TEDxSMU are having an all candidate forum on April 10, 2012 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, 1230 West Davis. See the details and register at http://disdeducationforum-estw... . All candidates have agreed to attend. Here is copy from that web site:=========================================== The race for the school board positions in districts 1, 3, and 9 is on, and elections will take place on May 12. We've invited all the candidates to join us at the Kessler Theater. Each candidate will be given three minutes to answer one question drawn from a hat (enter your question with your RSVP). Don't worry if your question isn't picked. We've encouraged the candidates to stick around and mingle. There's no cost to attend, and The Kessler will be serving up its finest drinks (cash bar).Candidates confirmed for the evening are:District 1: Michael Greenberg, Elizabeth Jones, Jennifer Levy, George Roland LoveDistrict 3: Daniel Micciche, Bruce ParrottDistrict 9: Damarcus Offord, Bernadette NutallWhy do these elections matter to you? Because the future of Dallas depends on its public schools. Here are just some statistics DISD Trustee Mike Morath shared with us...* DISD has 157,524 students in 225 schools* DISD is the largest employer in Dallas with 20,076 employees* The DISD Board of Trustees oversees a $1.4 BILLION annual budget* 10,872 of DISD employees are teachers, leaving 46% of the staff outside of our classrooms!* 34.5% of 9th graders will not graduate, and only 9.8% of seniors have a college level SAT/ACT score* Male high school dropouts are 47 times more likely to end up in prison than college grads. Texas spends $15,527 per prison inmate per year (2008). By way of comparison, DISD spends $122,500 per child from K-12, or an average of $9,423 per child per year. * By 2018, 63% of job openings will require some college education. If we continue at current rates, over the next two decades more than 100,000 kids in Dallas will grow up without a shot at success in the modern economy.* 21,352 people voted in the most recent DISD elections across all 9 districts (in the past 3 years), out of 476,127 registered voters in DISD, for a 4.4% voter turnout.Want to know what district you live in? Check out this map from DISD.Learn more about...TEDxSMUD Magazine============================ Above notice copied from http://disdeducationforum-estw...

Sanders Kaufman
Sanders Kaufman

So his qualifications are:1.  Everybody else is an idiot.2.  He thumps his bible a lot.3.  Everyone is out to get him because he alone can bring them all down. That's all well and fine - but maybe he should at least *mention* math and science sometimes. 

james
james

anyone new who ain't part of the old machine deserves a chance to be better than the scumbag politicians that have been stealing our tax $$$$$ all these years. git'em, kid.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

Ohhh so Price hates the guy and the mayor? Mmmmm, and why does Price has signs around the Grove and yet it went to the new district? In South Dallas and Kleberg, thats all you see. Come on, where are the other candidates?

Robert Oculus III
Robert Oculus III

Oooh, I'm soo scared of Demarcus Offord and his hi-skoo posse. He thinks he's still in school shaking down white kids fo dey lunch money.

The Angry Negro schtik is so tired. Every day, the number of white people who are afraid of being called "racist" gets lower and lower, and it's all thanks to sweethearts such as Damarcus Offord.

DISD_Insider
DISD_Insider

If Nutall or any other trustee felt threatened by Offord's speech at that board meeting did any of the trustees file a police complaint against Offord? Nope! So what's the dill pickle? Nutall knows Offord is steadily eroding and eating away at her voter base. Going negative is only going to make it worse for her. Offord will win big in this race.

DISDmom
DISDmom

Nutall showed courage to vote for the closing of the schools.  There is no reason - other than political - to have schools open that are running at less than 40% capacity.  The kingdom is not expanding. If anything it is shrinking and it needs to be run more efficiently. It is obvious why teacher unions would want to keep all schools open (and waste  money building more new schools!).    

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Didn't Edwin Flores try to get a teacher fired bc he (Flores) felt "threatened"?

Is this the new crybaby ploy by the very same group of people?  Wah, wah...I feel threatened!The only thing they feel is FINALLY threatened is their unrestricted access to cash.

After reading Offord's response, he certainly has my support.Thanks to the crybabies for allowing Offord to shine in the spotlight.

cp
cp

Well, when he wrote "they're" when he should have written "their".... oh well, I guess he is, after all, a graduate of Lincoln...

john smith
john smith

I don't like EducateDallas. I am supporting the opponents of Dan Micciche and Elizabeth Jones. Bruce Parrott deserves to stay, and both Jennifer Levy and Michael Greenberg would be much better than Jones.

However, Offord is a disappointment. The teacher's union clearly endorsed him to make a point - not because he can win or because he would be a good Trustee (neither is true). I'm not a fan of Nutall's, but I don't think a 20 year old college drop out is exactly what the DISD needs. I'm just glad I don't live in District 9.

Ybwa07
Ybwa07

DaMarcus I Support you so do the voters in district #9 that I've spoken to. Stand your grouund young man keep God First & Stay Righteous.

Vote DaMarcus Offord School Board Trustee #9

Guest
Guest

John Wiley Price doesn't like him? Mayor Mike doesn't like him?

Damarcus must be doing something right!

james
james

new blood ain't old enough learned to be a lowlife politician yet. might be a good thing.

Adam from East Dallas
Adam from East Dallas

The kid is barely 20...  Clearly the Teacher's Union has put their interests ahead of the students by endorsing what they clearly hope to be their political puppet.  I invite everyone to attend a Trustee meeting and you will be shocked - or maybenot - to see how much of the discussion from the gallery is about everything else but the education and welfare of the students.

Edward
Edward

"their level", not "they're level", please.

sdan
sdan

The CEO of UpLift charter stated to me that they are going in the South Dallas area to offer their support such as creating Charter Schools so the kids will not have to be bused from their neighborhood. HA!HA!HA!

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Out of all the schools that were closed, the charter operators probably only wanted a couple of specific sites.

The hidden agenda is this:  Do a deal with the charter operators so they can get part of the tax money collected.  In return, they will donate to your election campaign.  Close a group of schools--blame the budget--so the 2 or 3 the charters are truly after won't stand out.

Another way the trustees can serve the charter operators:  close down several schools to turn other schools into crowded hellholes.  The plan is that this will practically force parents to seek out a charter school, thereby giving the charter school tax dollars.

CHARTER SCHOOLS DO NOT WANT SCHOOL CHOICE.  REAL SCHOOL CHOICE = VOUCHERS.  CHARTER SCHOOLS WANT THERE TO BE ONLY 2 CHOICES:  TRUSTEE-CREATED HELLHOLES AND CHARTER SCHOOLS.

*this was typed with multiple paragraph breaks....

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Exactly. If you want to make a "difference" enroll your kid in a school and join the PTA.

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

 Wow. These are powerful, truthful words. I hope more people in Dallas wake up and realize what these robber barons are trying to do to our public schools.

Michael
Michael

PARAGRAPHS!  I mean even if you are doing a cut-and-paste, spend a few minutes cleaning it up.

jfpo
jfpo

Apparently mentioning math and science doesn't get you elected. Jesus for the win!

carlmac
carlmac

If DISD were actually interested in fiscal efficiency, it would offload the hundreds of politicos sitting in middle management downtown.

Instead, the decision to destroy Bonham, a top rated, neighborhood school was a politically motivated decision based on some agenda not clear to the public.

There are no teacher unions in Texas, and north Dallas attorneys profit dearly when bonds are granted in Dallas ISD. That is the source of profiteering.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

If there was a need to close the schools, then why did the Chief Financial officer give the board an alternative to closing the schools?  Lew Blackburn, in the ninth hour also came up with some alternatives to closing the schools.

Arlington Park was at 113% and many of the schools were over 50 % capacity  and have new housing activity taking place.  D.A. Hulcy has over 500 students that will be transfered to an already crowded T.W. Browne middle schools which is miles away from where the students live. Six out of the eleven schools that are closing are in Nutall's district, and if they had not redistricted, eight of the eleven schools would have been in her district.

I am sure you know all of the schools that are closing are Exemplary, Recognized or Accademicaly Acceptable and that DISD have over 30 schools that are Accademically Unacceptable.  Why not start by combining some of the low performing schools with schools that are performing well?  I hope that you would agree with me on one point...we should be keeping our schools that are educating our children and fixing the schools that are not.  

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Would you call it courage if it turns out that the closed schools will be used for charter schools that may donate to a board member's election/reelection campaign?  

I wouldn't call that courage.I would call that quid pro quo on the part of any trustee.

Candidate gets a contribution, charter schools get access to tax dollars without representation, homeowners across DISD get nothing.

james
james

there's been a few smartaxxes start tryin' to correct my spellin'. after a couple exchanges with'em, it generally turns out that they spell worse'n i do. i constantly see missspellin's-some 'typo's', an' most times, flat out bad spellin', in jist about ever' newspaper i read. print or online(includin' this one). by college edumicated reporters who oughta know better. the dumbin' down of society has been goin' on fer a long time.

carlmac
carlmac

There are graduates of top schools who make grammar mistakes throughout their adult lives. There are constant grammar and spelling errors in articles on the DO.

Readers and voters want content and substance. The young man didn't fold on either of those.

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

He's not a college drop out. I think he attends Navarro College but is planning on taking online classes so he can run his campaign and serve if elected.

I'm not 100% sure it's Navarro but I believe he is in college.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Bill Gates is a college dropout, btw.Nutall seems in the tank for the HP businessmen who want access to the cash trough that DISD taxpayers fund.The main goal is to get rid of trustees who sell out the kids and the parents and the taxpayers.Nutall had her chance and she blew it.Replace her to teach all trustees--including Offord--that if they do not put the kids first, they will be replaced also.

cp
cp

See it's that kind f sentiment that makes me nervous... 

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

Have you spoken to Mr. Offord? I have and I came away convinced he won't be anyone's puppet.

Nuttall is the North Dallas establishment's candidate. She takes the checks and closes schools and votes as ordered. Now she and her bosses have realized Mr. Offord's message is resonating with District 9 voters and they're getting nervous.

Keep blaming the teacher's union if you want - there always an easy target, but those of us who have been paying attention know who really runs DISD and it isn't the teachers.

JS
JS

He graduated from an academically unacceptable DISD school -- what do you expect?

chickenpants
chickenpants

Write us a couple of paragraphs, please, stating you position on anything so we can look for your errors. I thought all you sixth grade teachers quit the Observer when Richie Whitt got let go.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

Michael, I just tried it again and again it eliminated all the spacing I had inserted.  The software here is not as good as the Morning News blog software.  Another critical value at the News is that you can erase a post after it is submitted.  That also helps.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Agreed.

It did cross my mind that people who are truly afraid of losing Nutall are the people who count on her votes to financially benefit.

I think they are the ones trying to present Offord as a scary, angry, black man--they think they can turn public opinion against him based on his race.

It won't work.  It will--and has already--backfired.

We watched Nutall vote.  We saw which PAC gave her the big bucks for her campaign.  We know where she stands and she needs to be replaced.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

The agenda not clear to the public:

1.  Close a nice school and tell the parents their kids will now be sent to a crowded, not-so-nice school.2.  At the same time, inform said parents that a charter school is opening to receive their tax doll...oops...their children... nearby--maybe in Bonham's building! (if it isn't sold to raise revenue bc the trustees allowed rampant waste)

3.  Cash check from charter operators; deposit in Election Campaign Account.

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

 I've got a couple of college degrees and I still make grammar mistakes all the time.

Edward
Edward

"those of us who have been paying attention know who really runs DISD and it isn't the teachers."

Truer words have never been written. 

If people only knew the daily battles that teachers fight just trying to focus on teaching children, they would be shocked.

carlmac
carlmac

That's true. I believe the man known as Skilling was a Harvard man, along with Bush who discovered the use of the internets late in life. Harvard men at one time believed in witches and witch burnings.

Most of our Ivy League schools seem to spawn the boys and girls willing to tank the world's economies for pure greed. Goldman Saks is always so proud of its interns and partners' academic pedigrees.

This young man's grammar and the ranking of his neighborhood high school do not speak to his character or understanding of the issues or his willingness to act on his principles.

Uplift's high school in the southern sector has floundered along with its middle and elementary ranked Academically Unacceptable. That fact hasn't kept Todd Williams from whispering his wishes into Berndatte's ear.

The Uplift creed of churning through principals and teachers has been a disaster at Hampton. Uplift has never opened a neighborhood high school, a much harder feat than a charter school. So why take marching orders from Todd?

How much more difficult to believe in a wolf in GS clothing than a principled young man with some proofreading errors. The state of his neighborhood high school speaks to the ineffective representation of its current board member.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

I write for a living and my mistakes. That's why there are proofers. :p

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

And the daily battles we fight are mostly against the edu-crats and the bored-bc-they-are-unnecessary administrators who have no relationship with the kids and so cannot know what the kids actually need.

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