This Bernadette Nutall and Damarcus Offord Race for DISD Just Keeps Getting Better

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In two days, DISD school board trustee elections will be upon us, and we of Unfair Park are way more stoked than we have any right to be. Obviously, we're particularly excited about the District 9 race between the incumbent Bernadette Nutall and her 20-year-old challenger, Damarcus Offord.

You can see why we're into it, right? On one hand, we have Nutall, who's got the experience, the Morning News pulling for her, the Citizen Mike endorsement, multiple PACs' support and $27,798.12 in her coffers as of May 4th.

Offord's got the youth, the passion, the teacher's union, Juanita Wallace, Joyce Foreman, and, as of last week, a war chest worth -$4,802.70, a figure that literally amounts to less than jack shit.

But. But, but, but, but. There's hope for the young lad yet. Even though the candidates agree on most issues, he's managed to turn the race into an attack on "coulda, woulda, shoulda Bernadette," who voted to consolidate 11 DISD schools. Her tough decision was a point of contention among voters, and it might be just enough to push Offord over the top.

Yesterday, both camps email-blasted their constituents with final pleas, which actually turned into a back-and-forth between the two candidates. The first is from Joyce Foreman, the second is a reply from Nutall, and the last is from Offord. They're fun.

I need your help .... If you live in Dallas Independent School Board District 9 (South Dallas, Parts of East Dallas, Parts of Downtown, Parts of Pleasant Grove and Buckner Terrace) or have relatives and friends who live in the district, please vote for, or ask them to vote for Damarcus Offord. Early voting started April 30, 2012 and will end May 8, 2012 Election day is May 12, 2012. Thank you for your support, and for caring about the education of the children in DISD.

The board voted to close 11 schools and 6 will be closed in this district: James Fannin Elementary, H.S. Thompson Elementary, Julia C. Frazier Elementary, City Park Elementary, Phyllis Wheatley Elementary and Pearl C. Anderson Middle School.

Damarcus Offord is our man. If he can't do it, nobody else can!

Your sister in the struggle

Joyce Foreman

Here's Nutall's response:

Greetings all,

Although I have attempted to ignore some of the things that others have said during this campaign, I feel the need to clarify some things. I will tell you that many inaccuracies and false accusations have been said about me during this campaign. That's the nature of politics to some. However, I refuse to play politics or 'politricks' with the education of our children.

I have never refused to meet with any community leader or organization that has sought to have a dialogue with me regarding the difficult choices that must be made as trustee. What I have refused to do is to support any course of action that does not put the educational interests of children first, no matter how difficult. If the hot button issue is the consolidation of schools, then please consider that those schools that were closed, if left open, would not have continued to operate as they have been. Children wouldn't have access to every resource that they should in order to receive their education. More challenges to a great education would have been created. This is what many don't understand or choose to ignore.

Under-populated schools have a higher per student costs than fully enrolled schools. The consolidated elementary schools had a per student cost of $6772 while the district wide elementary cost per student was $4985. This is a difference of $1787 per student. If we spent this same amount per student at every campus our budget would need to increase by approximately $280 million. This disparity created issues with federal regulations which require campuses to either spend or be staffed at a comparable amount per student. If the comparability requirement is not met the district could lose all of it federal programs. Over the last two year the state has already reduced our funding by approximately $100 million and we cannot afford to lose another $200 million by failing to maintain comparability.

Our children need the best education possible. Leaving them in an environment where they wouldn't have adequate resources was not an option for me. Yes, consolidating schools was a tough decision. Yes, it means that sacrifices must be made. However, if there is one thing worth sacrificing for, it's a great education. The sacrifice that shouldn't be made is the educational future of our students who would have attended the schools that will be idled. How can I or anyone look in the mirror knowing that some students would be purposely left in an environment that puts them at a disadvantage? Our community has too many disadvantages already, from high unemployment, low economic development and high poverty rate. When you consider that less than 3 out 100 African American students across the district scored high enough to get into a four year college or were considered job ready while their suburban peers tested at an average of 70 out of 100, then you can see what we are truly facing. I refused to contribute to that situation by sacrificing our children! I didn't vote to close schools to save money, I voted to close them to insure that our children don't lose out on what they should have.

I know that the decision angered many. I can accept and understand that. Initially I was going to vote no to the consolidation, but when provided the data regarding how the schools would have functioned, I could not support keeping them open. Understand that just as this happened in the 70's with school closings in North Dallas and they were reopened, the schools in District 9 will reopen when the population returns.

I know many of you are questioning the building of new schools. This is the result of two actions. The first being the demographic shift in population to other areas of Dallas. Secondly, the voters voted for the new schools in the bond election before I was elected. New schools are built with bond money, not out of district operating funds.

Although I could have hid behind a 'no' vote for re-election purposes, I chose to remain true to my campaign platform of three years ago. That was, "I will always act in the best educational interest of our children." Nothing has changed. Character is what you do or say when others are not around or when you are faced with a difficult decision. You may question my beliefs, but please don't question my character.

I am not asking you to vote for me or to support me. That is not the purpose of this email. The purpose of this email is to articulate why a decision was made on my part. I have been repeatedly asked to run my campaign like my opponent, but I refuse to do that. I choose to focus on children, the value of a good education and increasing educational opportunities. I conduct myself differently. Some appear to have other priorities.

What I will ask, is that everyone get involved with what is going on inside of the schools. Volunteer. Be a tutor. Be a mentor. I would also ask that you galvanize as a community to find ways to bring back population in South Dallas. As a whole, we can continue to play checkers by yelling and telling, or we can realize that the game being played is actually chess. We must be strategic and effective.

I serve at the discretion of the voters, but I do so by putting children first. As Dr. King stated, "How you do anything, is how you do everything."

Bernadette Nutall

And finally, Offord's answer:

Damarcus Offord's response to Nutall's Last Ditch Hail Mary

Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.... You just don't get it, do you? You came down to HS Thompson and told the community that you were not going to vote to close the schools. And you lied. All of the things that you are explaining now, you should have been explaining then. Instead you want to wait until election time to bring this up. The community of District 9 are not idiots. And it's time to get rid of that culture in DISD that sets policy that affects the community in a negative way and then 6 months later you come back to us trying to explain your way out of it. The truth of the matter is, the super PAC that funded your campaign gave you $10K in campaign contributions the week of the vote. When you look at your financial statement, it's big North Dallas business interest that gave you $54K in contributions.

The truth of the matter is, DISD has failed the tax payer. Their money, $1.6 Billion dollars of it, goes to you guys every 12 months. And what does the tax payer get in return? 4% of our graduates are college ready! And the tax payer is tired of it! The tax payers are tired of their money going down the drain, while our dollar gets the big North Dallas business interest rich. On Saturday, if I become the trustee of district 9, I will put teachers and parents and the students back as a top priority in fixing our schools. It's very sad that you rented a white van that is going around South Dallas, paying people to go vote for you with EducateDallas and DallasKidsFirst PAC money. Everyone in South Dallas knows that I have signs on every corner, but they are gone now. And you got the nerve to write this letter saying you are not running a negative campaign. Who are you kidding? People from all over the city over the past 3 years have tried to meet with you, called you, left messages with you, only to have you ignore their calls. Who are you kidding Trustee Nutall? It's funny how you voted to close exemplary schools, yet DISD has 43 unacceptable schools in the district. The common sense approach would have been to close down some of the unacceptable schools and integrate them with the exemplary schools.

As a community, we need to come together and send Trustee Nutall packing to her ministry, which is Circle of Support. But making policy for our kids.... Trustee Nutall may be the worst trustee District 9 has ever seen. The late, Great Kathlyn Gilliam is turning over in her grave, may she rest in peace. The choice is clear. If you want North Dallas business interest making decisions for our kids in DISD, vote for Nutall. If you want somebody that is going to fight for the community, fight for the tax payer, fight for each and every student in DISD vote for me, Damarcus Offord. See you at the polls.

See you at the polls, he says! Bernie, he says! God, we're psyched. We need more friends.

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Joyce Foreman is Crying Now
Joyce Foreman is Crying Now

Joyce Foreman is a nobody. Why would people listen to her? It's not like she's Citizen Mike v. Mayor Mike. Joyce Foreman is a wanna-be politician who can't even spell right. LOL.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Atleast I have the courage to use my name and you are stupid if you think I am crying.  There is no reason for me to cry.  No wanna be politician here, if I wanted to be a politician, I would have run for office.  Let's see what a nameless nobody like you will have to say when schools open next year, and Nutall's bad jugement comes to light.  

Your attacks just make me want to do more for my community. When no named people continue to make personal attacks, that is a clear indication that you are doing something right.  Yeap, I loss races, the Trinity Toll Road, Citywide Beer and Wine, The Taxpayer Hotel, a city council race, and Kunkle's race for mayor. I do not regret participating in any of those races because I believed I was on the right side of the issues.  El stupid, I did not run Damarcus Offord's campaign, I was only a volunteer...not paid a penny, but I am sure you do not know the difference between helping someone and running their campaign.

Keep posting in different names, but the same negative message so people can see why Nutall and her people are bad news. 

 LMAO

Hometown Boy
Hometown Boy

Joyce Foreman continues her string of backing candidates who fail to win. If I want to serve the children of Dallas, I will run from her endorsement at all costs...it's the kiss of death.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

If  that is the case Hometown Boy, I need to run a race for you and get you out of the way.

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. - Dale Carnegie

Smarter-thanOfford
Smarter-thanOfford

Smart voters know who to choose. This is why Bernadutte Nutall won. 

RomanSmetak
RomanSmetak

 dallas politics are as dirty & rigged as texas politics so no there are no good candidates

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

Oh and by the way: Damarcus... you need to learn that it's unethical to post comments supporting yourself on blogs discussing your credibility. I'd bet my left nut that half of these supporting comments are Damarcus himself or members of his family typing while he looks over their shoulders. Pow.

Imrmwob
Imrmwob

For anyone with good sense to take Mr. Offord serious as a candidate has to be on some serious meds or of course apart of the crzy scientist thats pushing him to run. I feel sorry for the poor kid being pushed in this race without a real clue as to what is going on. We have no time for OJT for Mr. Offord. How can he balance the budget when he doesnt have a bank account? The landlord is looking for him becuase he's behind on rent at his campaign office facing eviction, not to mention his electricity is off and his office never filed for a Certificate of Occupany. Now does this sounds like a fiscal responsible leader for District 9 schools? At least teach him how to pay his rent on time...Our children future can not hang in the balance while Mr. Offord figures it out...

Not all residents of South Dallas, P. Grove and downtown are fooled by Mr. Offord no issue having, no solution giving politicaly pushed campaign by dallas old declining membership Vanguards...

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

"What you do to the children, they will do to society"In other words, screw up the children and they will screw up society.

Where were the parents directly impacted by this election. For the issues to be so important, the audience were always small at the debates.

 Instead, this election in district 9 seem to be about a bunch of self serving people seeking political justice "In the name of the children"  Right.

This young man is being used in the worse way. If he loose the race, they will forget his name. If he win the race, he will be a one term puppet.

Bye Bye Bernie
Bye Bye Bernie

Nutall tried to convince another Trustee to vote for the consolidation so she could vote against it and still please her North Dallas bosses. This is not an unfounded allegation.

I'm not fan of Lew Blackburn but he offered an alternative that would have saved some of the exemplary schools but that wasn't what the North Dallas bosses wanted.

Nutall is a sell out who pimped her community for North Dallas dollars.

VOTE FOR OFFORD!

YBWA07
YBWA07

VOTE FOR OFFROD!VOTE FOR OFFORD !VOTE FOR. OFFORD!

Ardy
Ardy

Offord's real skills seem to be of the ad hominem, red herring, and straw man varieties. 

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

Greg, Someone gave you bad information again.  Nutall's response that you printed was due to email exchanges between Antong Lucky and me.  I do not know Antong, but he sent out an email supporting Nutall based on a simple email asking people to vote. This is the last eamil that I did in that exchange:

Antong,

 I am sending this out to everyone because I agree debate is good and being open is very important.

1. I grew up in South Dallas and attended Julia C. Frazier, John Henry Brown (now Billy Dade) and Lincoln High, therefore I am no stranger to South Dallas nor the politics of South Dallas.

2. My personal feeling about Bernadette does not weight into the discussion about closing neighborhood schools. My deepest concern is the education of the children. All of the schools in her district that were closed were high performing schools, and my question is, why close those schools when you have been given an alternative to closing the schools, and DISD has 33 schools that are low performing? I ask that question before and it was not answered so I know that you do not have an answer. Don't forget that DISD is also still opening new school.

3. Bernadette is not civil. Many community people that have tried to work with her will tell you that, in fact she is a bully.

4. Damarcus Offord is a young man who wants to make a difference in education, and I applaud him for that.  We need elected officials who have not sold out the community.

I support Damarcus Offord for DISD School Board District 9. Election Day May 12,2011

Please exercise your right to vote.

Your sister in the struggle

 Joyce Foreman

Sam
Sam

Madison Hgh is down to 537 students.  Lincoln is down to 712 students - half its former size.  What does Offord have to say about this?

trudat
trudat

Dallas needs politicians who have enough courage and sense to represent their voters as opposed to the one percent who represent the Dallas Education Industrial Complex. When you boil it all down, Nutall is the candidate for the rich and super rich - not the people of district 9.  Offord has shown his interest in ethics as well as courage by filing the ethics complaint on Mayor Money Mike. Offord may be new to Dallas politics but he brings with him the integrity without which all other attributes in a politician are meaningless. And all the other things Nutall supposedly has like maturity?, experience, knowledge, etc., are basically meaningless without demonstrable and unquestioned integrity.  And these are just a few reasons to vote for Offord....there are more...

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

But you don't need people who shown an "interest" in ethics to run one of the biggest ISD's in the nation... you need people who have PRACTICED ethics, IN THE REAL WORLD. Damarcus wants the keys to the Porsche without having a license, and puhhhhlease the ethics complaint is a publicity stunt not an act of courage. He couldn't even correctly spell the name of the person whom he was complaining about?!?!?!?

I'm a fair person, nobody has Trustee experience until they are elected as a Trustee. DUH! But, this young man has no experience in anything.... at..... all. He's not done anything to EARN the trust that this position grants you. This is a coveted role in the development of our youth, and he does not qualify to contend for it. You must have applicable knowledge to be successful in the job that he's pursuing. What real practical knowledge or skills does he have that will make him good at this job??? In this instance talking isn't a skill, It's a tactic. He should talk less.

In other news: My firm just hired a 5 year old to be a structural engineer, because he told me that he could do a better job than the guy who currently holds the position. I PROMISE that the new downtown highrise will be a safe place.

trudat
trudat

An honest neophyte is better than a crooked genius with oodles of experience.  That is especially true in this case.  Everything Mr. Offord needs to know can be learned in the process of serving his people as long as he works hard to represent the interest of his district. And if he doesn't, who knows...maybe you can be the next district 9 BOT representative.  But it simply makes no sense to endorse a candidate who has so openly "sold out" the people of district 9 in broad open daylight. 

Ardy
Ardy

That was a very Offord-esqe deflection. We do not need to compare the reasons given for closing the schools against other actions. We need to evaluate the reasons on their own merits. This is something Offord and his supporters can't seem to grasp. Nuttal has given clear reasons for closing the schools. What is the counter argument?! And stay on point. Don't deflect by saying she didn't provide the explanation soon enough, or her real intentions are obscured. It's really very simple: provide a sound on-point counter argument to BN's argument to shut the schools.

This is apparently the only issue in controversy in this whole damn race. So argue the issue.

trudat
trudat

If you would take a little time and listen to the points made by some of the voters in district 9, you'd see that the arguments made for closing the schools simply don't hold water.  Look at the big picture, check out the reasons given to close the schools and compare them to the  other actions carried out by the trustees.  And don't stop there, look at other questions raised by the electorate such as complaints about the incumbents lack of  professionalism, and inadequate communication with the electorate.  And of course, my personal favorite is the way Ms. Nutall was at one point, apparently in favor of not allowing the public to address the board in public meetings.  This leads me to believe that she has very little regard for the constitutional right of free speech.  And I could go on but...don't take my word for it...go ask the voters tomorrow...as if it means anything at this point because by now the people have already decided... 

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

Listen: I never endorsed BN. Not once in anything I've said on the topic said that she should be the candidate. BUT, Offord has certainly stated a clear case for people to not vote for him. I'm sure he's a nice kid, but being a nice kid doesn't qualify you to run a multi-billion dollar organization and MORE importantly an organization who's sole purpose is educating our youth.

I don't understand why people can't read between Nuttal's lines in her explanation. If the DISD keeps low attendance schools open it costs more to them than closing the schools and consolidating the student body elsewhere. It's simple economics, it's not emotional. Think about it like this: If you had a five room house where you only ever went in two rooms, does it make sense to keep the A/C blasting in every room? No. It costs less to close the vents and cool only the areas you're going to be in. I'm sure it'd be just awesome to have the whole house been nice and crispy cold, but what's the point if you aren't going to be enjoying it??? Save the A/C cost and put it towards another improvement in the two rooms you live in.

Does that clear it up for you? It's simple logic, that everyone keeps tying emotion to.

SouthDallasEducator
SouthDallasEducator

Offord's response comes across as sounding very immature and his allegations that Bernadette is paying people to vote for her just sounds silly.  I work at one of the South Dallas schools that is going to be closed (one that Offord previously attended as a matter of fact) and while I am as concerned as anyone about the impact that this will have on the community as well as my own livelihood as an educator,  I understand the fact that there was no easy solution here.  Offord suggests closing some of the low-performing schools for consolidation...but how is that any different than closing this one?  Either way students somewhere are going to have to be bused out of their immediate neighborhood.  Only some of the low-peforming schools elsewhere in the district have a much larger enrollment and therefore a much larger student population that would be displaced and have to be transported...so that's not exactly as "common sense" as Offord says it is.  Furthermore, I teach students who are promoted to us from some of these so-called exemplary schools in South Dallas and let me be the first to say that the labels that TEA puts on schools mean absolutely nothing other than how well that school was able to distort test scores.  I can't tell you how many students I have taught that come to us "commended" in reading and math from these "exemplary" elementary schools and don't know their multiplication facts in sixth grade or are reading far below grade level.  So claiming that some of these schools should remain open because they are supposedly exemplary doesn't hold much water with me because I interact with the students every day and know what an illusion that "examplary" banner really is.  The fact is that population in this community has drastically declined.  The fact is that we have a lot of big buildings and not a lot of students in this area.  There need to be creative solutions on how to develop this community, attract business, create affordable and decent housing, etc.  so that we can bolster a declining population...but that takes time.  In the meantime, the district is facing a massive funding cuts and tough decisions have to be made.  The state of Texas has put everyone in an extremely tough spot and it is a lose-lose situation for many people, no matter who is on the school board.

Also, Offord keeps hollering about the North Dallas business establishment but I'm not making the connection between how closing underpopulated schools is making North Dallas businessmen and Wall Street bankers (as Offord said in one posting...wait, what does Wall Street have to do with DISD?) rich.  Offord needs some concrete examples if he is going to keep making these kinds of accusations. 

I did and do have concerns about the schools being closed.  I worry about how the effect that this will have on the community development efforts being made in the area.  I worry about the effect it will have on revitalizing homes and neighborhoods and property values here.  I worry about the effect it will have on families and students and parent involvement initiatives when the school isn't easily accessible.  But at the same time, Offord hasn't done anything but fuss and fume and throw around some baseless accusations.  He hasn't said or done anything that convinces me he would have come up with a plausible or logical solution.  He hasn't said anything about how he would logically handle this budget crisis the district is in or how he would justify keeping a school that is built for 1500 students open with less than 200 kids.  At least Bernadette has a data-based explanation for her position.  Offord doesn't have anything except hearsay, assumptions, and exaggerated claims.  He may really feel like a revolutionary as he runs around making a lot of empty noise, but he hasn't said one thing that inspires me to believe he could possibly bring any kind of real change to this district or this community

Paul
Paul

From Nutall:

" The consolidated elementary schools had a per student cost of $6772 while the district wide elementary cost per student was $4985."

From what all of the professional educators have been trumpeting for years is that more money needs to be spent per student in order to improve education.

I am really confused.  Is the reason why the schools that are being closed were exemplary (for example Bonham) is because of the higher per student spending or is it something else?

Please help me!

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

It was a combination of low enrollment rate and low capacity.  Small schools (no relation to class size) are inefficient, expensive and provide less opportunities and resources to students.  DISD did not study the individual schools or consult with the public...it was a simple exercise in math.  It was handled very poorly, to say the very least. Bernadette supported a community study and we had 5 trustees, including her, lined up to stop the consolidation until a study was done and to possibly recommend even more schools be closed.  In the end Lew Blackburn did not want to be the 5th "decider" vote as president of the board so he let the item stay on the voting agenda.

Ripley
Ripley

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.

John_McKee
John_McKee

This sealed the deal for me:

Well, then, can you tell me the difference between bond revenue and tax revenue? "Bond money, there's certain stuff you can spend it on. Tax revenue is used for, uh, what taxpayers pay to keep the schools open because taxpayers pay for a lot of things in the school district. That's where most of our money comes from, the taxpayers."

How is bond money raised?

There was a long pause. He asked me to repeat my question. Another long pause. "Sir, I'll have to get back to you on that question. The citizens of Dallas pay taxes to the school district. That's all I can tell you right now."

I explained why it is important for any DISD trustee to understand the function of bond money in running a school district. This all goes to your point about having "business mentality." How is bond money raised?

"Ok. Why are you sitting there screaming all these questions, asking all these questions?" he said.

He calmed down and said, "It's to build facilities. You see the facilities they're building? The bond money. The bond money that they use now, from my perspective I took, as for I never really did research thoroughly the bonds, on what bond money is used for, But it's used, from my standards, they build schools with the bond bond."

Offord seems like a nice kid who genuinely cares about his community, hopefully he can turn that passion into even the most basic education of how the institution he wants to reform works and I don't mean the politics of it but just a very basic understand of how money goes into a budget and goes out.

There is not a doubt in my mind that Offord would be a disaster, he clearly just isn't prepared or have the education to handle such an enormously large and complicated agency. Honestly I hope he keeps the passion, matures as an adult and gets the kind of education he needs to take on that kind of role, maybe one day I will be happy to check the box for him but he clearly isn't ready now.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

I'm more worried about where the bond money goes, not where it comes from.

Dggfd
Dggfd

Offord 60% nutall 40%

Paul
Paul

 What kind of action are you getting with that spread?

South Dallas Cares
South Dallas Cares

Bernadette used an entire paragraph saying why she couldn't waste $200M dollars that would never be used to begin with. Her methodology and mathetics are based off what IF we had to spend the same money on every campus. When she knows good and well that will never happen because the underpopulated schools represent less than 5% of the school district.

Mr. Offord brings up a good point. Why not close some of the unacceptable schools and merge them with the exemplary schools?

Bernie - shoulda, coulda, woulda --- blah blah blah.

Mike Rawlins
Mike Rawlins

Hmmmmm. Bad ideas vs. No ideas...

I'm on the fence, here.

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

Damarcus Offord is one of the most ignorant, un-educated people to ever run for a public office. If elected he will be the most ill-fitting part that the DISD has ever had. What a waste of time and money he has been.

WARNING SIGNAL #1: Running an ENTIRE campaign on the "Don't vote for my opposition" platform.

WARNING SIGNAL #2: Proposing a non-feasible alternative of not closing the schools that HAD TO BE CLOSED, and THENNNNN when B.N. reveals the true methodology of why the schools had to be closed.... your position reverses on the whole idea of closing them and your campaign changes to "You should have told us why they had to be closed! Not telling us every budgetary detail makes you a liar. Don't vote for a liar people!"

Do we really want someone in office who has never been in charge of a budget OF ANY KIND?!?!?!?!? Not even a concession stand. Eeeesh.

Reactionary politics is the crutch of the un-educated and the weak-minded. A real candidate would have analyzed the reasoning behind what he chooses to be his platform to ensure that he doesn't end up where he is now. He would have proposed a solution or an alternative, but noooooo all Offord does is play the coulda-woulda-shoulda game all the way into the corner where he now sits. Have fun with your 20% at the polls kid, you earned it.

Primi timpano
Primi timpano

He's young snd been off the radar, so I assume he isn't in anyone else's pocket. Yeah, there are better alternatives but none of them are running for the office. He can't make DISD worse. If he blows it up and burns the remains it will be an improvement.

RTGolden
RTGolden

200 some odd years ago, a group of farmers, business leaders, and politicians engaged in 'reactionary' politics.  We ended up with a revolution and a brand new country.

Democracy IS reactionary politics.  Some of it is stupid, some of it is emotional, and some of it is well thought out and reasoned.

"Democracy is the worst form of government imaginable, except for all the others" - Winston Churchill.

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

 Not that putting Offord in line with our Founding Fathers even warrants a real response, but oh my god. You've got to be kidding me. Even hesitating at the ludicrous thought that the kid belongs in a lineup with our nation's architects is insane.

Oh and by the way, you also successfully avoided every point that I made about his un-preparedness for the role that he seeks, yet you did bolster my position... "a group of farmers, business leaders, and politicians..." All of those men were intelligent educated individuals who had real life experience as adults to pull on. Gracias amigo.

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

 Worst candidates have gotten in office with mo benjamins, and as much experience.Uh, Mr. Maaahre.....................

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Someone who tells a lie is a liar. 

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

True. But she didn't tell a lie. She just didn't break down every single nut and bolt of the decision at the time, as thoroughly as she did in her response email above (which I might add isn't her responsibility to do [DISD CFO]). That doesn't make her a liar. Damarcus is assertion and new (last minute) campaign strategy is built on nonsense.

iamronburgundy
iamronburgundy

 I bet your grandkids IS better than Nuttal. I bets that they urr.

Paul
Paul

 My opinion is that it is highly unlikely that Offord would be worse than Nutall.

Since I end up voting for the least odious candidate anyway, I'll go with Offord.

Nutall who?
Nutall who?

 Say my Friend, my grandkids is better than Nuttal. She got to go, even if its a twenty year old lad. Ask her how  the word on the street is that Deion Sanders came to her and Blackburn to get them to closed down H.S. Thompson for his corrupt charter school. It didn't work because the deal was uncovered.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

This is why i'll be voting for Mr. Offord on saturday...The brother keeps it real. 

Also, I keep getting calls from Citizen Mikes SuperPAC Phone Goons..I keep telling them their candidate is a crook and they either try to interrupt me or blow off my concerns.

TXDem
TXDem

"Keeping it real"? Really? I've seen both candidates at forums and he's got nothing. Nothing in the way of a plan. Nothing on how he plans to work with the other trustees. Nothing on how to manage a budget and nothing on how to educate children. I fear for my children and their education if this kid is elected. "Keeping it real" is the problem. 

Paul
Paul

 Hmmm ... the other trustees don't seem to have a plan and rarely get along with each other, so what is the problem?

RTGolden
RTGolden

The trustees really have little to do with "how to educate children".  From what I've seen, Bernadette Nuttall doesn't have a degree, of any level, in education.  The job of the Trustees is to ensure that DISD dollars are spent in such a fashion as to return the greatest benefit to the children's education.This means hiring and retaining quality teachers.  That is the first and foremost priority that should be in front of the board.  Then the board should ensure that we have a curriculum in place that serves the needs of the students and not the performance on standardized tests.  Finally the board should be hiring an administration that removes the greatest amount of burden from teachers for the least amount of money.

The current BOT has failed on these three points.  Miserably and without exception.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

ANYTHING is better than Bernie Nutjob...

Guest
Guest

If by "keeps it real" you mean bitching and moaning without offering any alternative solutions, then you're right, he "keeps it real."  

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