Mike Rawlings Endorses DISD Candidates, Continues His Wade into District Politics

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Rawlings vowed from the start to take on DISD.
Much has been made of Mayor Mike Rawlings' foray into Dallas Independent School District politics in recent months. Depending on who's talking, his involvement is either the leadership and commitment this city needs to save its schools; another sign of the business community's hostile takeover of those schools; or a thing that's happening that won't have much impact at all on those schools.

In fact, it's probably a cocktail of all three, with a splash of whiskey because it's past noon. Whatever it is, Rawlings isn't being shy about it. According to a press release just sent out by Educate Dallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber's new schools-focused political action committee, Rawlings is prepared to announce endorsements in all three trustee races, throwing his support behind the same candidates already picked by the PAC: Elizabeth Jones (District 1), Dan Micciche (District ), and Bernadette Nutall (District 9).

"The Board of Trustees has recently been able to pass several progressive reforms that will result in higher educational outcomes for our kids, but we still have a long way to go, and we need courageous leaders that are willing to continue to push the district forward," Rawlings said, according to the release. "It's clear to me that Dan, Elizabeth and Trustee Nutall are all focused on doing what is best for our children, and that each of them have the experience and skills necessary to be successful."

Full release follows, should you be so inclined. Perhaps we'll follow up later with Damarcus Offord's inevitable rebuttal.

Update: As Big Bob points out, the city's code of ethics prohibits Mayor Rawlings from endorsing candidates. But it somehow doesn't prohibit Citizen Rawlings. Which is why, you'll notice, the press release doesn't include the word "mayor" in it. How cute. And completely asinine.

DALLAS, TEXAS - Mike Rawlings announced plans today to endorse candidates Elizabeth Jones (District 1), Dan Micciche (District ), and Bernadette Nutall (District 9) for the 2012 Dallas ISD school board elections.

"These three candidates represent exactly the kind of high-caliber leaders we need on the Dallas ISD school board," said Rawlings. "Improving our public education system is the most important thing we can do as a community to ensure the vitality of our city in the future. The Board of Trustees has recently been able to pass several progressive reforms that will result in
higher educational outcomes for our kids, but we still have a long way to go, and we need courageous leaders that are willing to continue to push the district forward. It's clear to me that Dan, Elizabeth and Trustee Nutall are all focused on doing what is best for our children, and that each of them have the experience and skills necessary to be successful. There are 157,000 students in this city counting on us to get it right. I am confident these three leaders will be a part of fulfilling that promise to our kids."

Rawlings' endorsements come just less than three weeks before the highly-contested May 12 elections.

"Dallas is incredibly fortunate to have community leaders like Mike Rawlings who recognize that every citizen has a role to play when it comes to the success of our public education system," said EducateDallas Co-Chairman Mark Melton. "The community in general, and the diverse communities within it, are demanding a new era of public education based on accountability,
transparency and decision-making that puts the interests of kids over those of adults. It will take extraordinary leadership to attain the results that we owe to our city's children, and Mr. Rawlings' invaluable endorsement speaks volumes about the quality of leadership these three candidates embody."

The gravity of this year's school board elections has been evidenced by the large number of important endorsements received among the field of candidates. "There is great interest in these elections, and many organizations, private citizens and public officials are taking courageous stances with regard to school board candidates," said incoming EducateDallas Chairwoman Jill Louis.

Candidates Micciche and Jones, as well as Trustee Nutall, have also been endorsed by numerous other organizations and individuals over the last few weeks. "In addition to Rawlings' endorsement, we have also been excited to see such a large consensus of important endorsements coalesce around our three endorsed candidates. It's great to see Dallas rally behind a common cause and support great leadership for our school district," said Louis.

Rawlings is expected to make a formal announcement tonight at an EducateDallas "Meet the Candidates" event.

For more information, visit the EducateDallas website at www.EducateDallas.org, or contact Trisha Windham at twindham@educatedallas.org.


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sick of politics
sick of politics

He said he was gonna do this and now he's gone and done it.  Plus he was voted in by the majority of Dallas citizens.  Pay attention, people.

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

We must spend less time on who is endorsing who and focus on the reasons for voting for any of these candidates.  What are their positions on issues?  How do they think we can motivate our students to achieve?  What is new about their answer?  What research does it reflect?  What do they think of state mandated testing?  What are the weaknesses of that testing?  Should we be spending over 10% of all class time involved in both mandated testing and benchmarking in preparation for mandated testing?  Would they support legislation to keep this below 5%?  Would they support the Resolution for more reasonable mandated testing?  It was passed unanimously by the Texas State Association of School Administrators, and over 380 of the Texas school districts already!   You can find it at http://schoolarchiveproject.bl... 

SlamminSammySnead
SlamminSammySnead

I see that Trustee Bruce Parrott has a new video on his site that has testimonials from former opponents, teachers, parents and students (both English and Spanish speaking).  http://www.Bruce Parrott.com Bruce may not have the support of the corporate power structure but he sure has the support of the voters in his neighborhood!  My guess is that his campaign could use a few dollars to combat the big business groups that have dumped $50,000 into his opponents campaign.

Guest
Guest

Someone needs to forward this novel legal theory on to Don Hill. That guy taking bribes and whatnot was City Councilman Don Hill. Now that he's no longer on the City Council, he's just Private Citizen Don Hill, and Private Citizen Don Hill never took any bribes.

It's downright Unconstitutional to keep a man in prison for somebody else's crime.

justwondering
justwondering

Makes it crystal clear who the power structure wants in board seats. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

We need the mayor to call for an FBI audit of DISD and the criminal prosecution of those stealing from us.

We do NOT need the mayor endorsing candidates who will continue business as usual.

What a disappointment for the middle class parents who want to stay in Dallas but cannot afford private school.

What a slap in the face for Dallas from this mayor, whose son ( unless I'm mistaken) graduated from Jesuit.  Of course he doesn't see the jewel this district could be.

Really, really sad.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

I'm glad that the Mayor gives a crap about DISD, but now after looking at who he is going for, I think thats a strike two on my list. One more and I'm thinking 2015.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

The Dallas City Attorney's office is the only one that I know in America, that write's a policy and change it to fit the people who hire him.How can a policy say the Mayor is prohabited from endorsing candidates, but now Mike Rawlings can be a private citizen and endorse how do you seperate the two Rawlins.The only reason his endorsement is important, is because he's Mayor.Why don't they simply say the PAC endorse.LOL

Bob
Bob

Whether I agree with Mike Rawlins' choices or not, I applaud him for trying to make a positive difference in DISD's school board governance.  For those of you who have not been paying attention for the last 10 or 20 or 30 years, the DISD board has sunk lower and lower and lower in terms of performance and competence.   They are the ultimate parties responsible for the current state of the District, and they have done a rotten job.

DISD has proven itself totally incapable of reforming or improving itself.  The lack of quality in the administration of DISD has a direct effect on the quality of life throughout the City.  When DISD outsiders try to improve things, the haters accuse them of meddling.  When the business community tries to improve things, they are accused of trying to line their own pockets.  When the parents of the students try to expose problems, they are brushed aside as whiners and complainers.

Those of you who want the Mayor to keep his nose out of DISD, you step up and define how YOU would fix this broken system.  If you can't, at least shut up and let some folks with some positive ideas try to find solutions, since you apparently have none.

rc
rc

I think the word 'asinine' is a perfect word to describe this latest episode of Mikey tries to spin it' And I'm sure there will be more opportunities to use it again and again and.....

Real-deal-damarcus
Real-deal-damarcus

Private Citizen Mike is going to look pretty silly when Damarcus Offord pulls the mega upset.  This kid has passion, integrity and belief, something some of the old guard have lost along the way.

South Dallas Cares
South Dallas Cares

Isn't it IRONIC that EducateDallas put out the press release.  (the same folks who decided to give Trustee Nutall $10,000 two weeks before the school consolidation vote). 

Someone said in the comments on another article, that, if you look closely, you can see the puppet strings.

Guest
Guest

So city council people don't have to recuse themselves from votes in which they (in their private lives) have a stake or conflict of interest in? I doubt a councilperson or mayor would make personal investments as "Mayor" or "Councilperson", after all.

And Private Person Mike Rawlings doesn't have to disclose gifts above $250 as required by the Code of Ethics? He only has to disclose gifts he receives during those times when he decides he's officially mayor?

And all that stuff about former city officials and employees and whatnot doesn't apply because, once he's no longer Mayor, he'll just be Private Citizen Mike Rawlings and Private Citizen Mike Rawlings isn't subject to the Code of Ethics.

South Dallas Cares
South Dallas Cares

So we are just saying F* the code of ethics now?  Completely asinine. How can the Mayor be anything other than the Mayor.  Especially when in every article there is a reference of Mayor Mike or Mayor Mike Rawlins.    Really? 

I see there are really high stakes here.  Sadly it's at the cost of the students in District 9.

O C Banshee
O C Banshee

This seals it.  My check (small it may be) is going in the mail today for the opponents.  I feel a bond election coming on and these 3 are needed to make 5 ready willing and determined to put their sticky hands in my pockets. This isn't about students and their education.  It's about power, money and bond elections. 

rc
rc

 Preach on. You speak the truth.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Except he isn't making a positive difference.

A positive difference would be a call for an FBI audit.

The business community wants the money from taxes.  In return, they will "let" minority groups posture and pretend to have power.

How to fix the broken system?An FBI audit.Criminal prosecutions.Exposure of vendor/trustee/employee relationships.

This is all about access to tax dollars.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Bravo Bob.  I happen to agree with you that DISD and the BOT need to be fixed.  I cannot bring myself to applaud Mayor Mike though.

You see, one of the things that makes a civilized society civilized is rule of law, adherence to rules.  This is something we should be teaching our children, at home and at school.  The mayor, which is, for the duration of his term, who Mike Rawlings is, is forbidden, by the rules which govern his office, from endorsing candidates.  He doesn't get to separate his elected position from his private persona in order to flaunt the rules.

For instance, imagine I rob a liquor store, at night, on my way home from work.  The next day, the police show up at my office with an arrest warrant.  I can't tell them "Hey, that was private citizen RTG, right now I'm RTG, Employee of XYZ 'n Things.  Find me this evening after I clock off from work."  No, I think I'll just get another charge added to my record and, with DPD, probably a pretty sound thrashing.

It is the same for Mayor Mike.  Either he wants to be Mayor and he shuts the hell up about endorsing anyone for the BOT, or he resigns from office and then he can endorse whomever the hell he wants.

Guest
Guest

I would prefer a mayor who doesn't violate the code of ethics.

The code of ethics is already relatively weak, yet Mayor Mike can't even be bothered to follow it.

Just like those Dallas police officers who bitched about how their superiors would dare discipline them for violating the law. There's one set of rules for "our betters" like Mayor Mike and the DPD, and a while different set of rules the rest of us have to follow.

cp
cp

Huh.... so what you seem to be suggesting is more of the same? Nutall? Really? 

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

They are talking about it for 2013 which I will not vote for, along with my district election which still a long time away.

Bob
Bob

"more of the same"?  Did you read what I wrote?  Or were you educated in the DISD?

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