Sheffie Kadane Speaks His Mind on DISD Home Rule. It Doesn't Take Long.

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A lot of words were spoken at today's joint meeting of the Dallas City Council and Dallas ISD board of trustees. Most were on point, for or against the call to draft a home-rule charter. Some were illuminating. Almost all were delivered with passion. It was, all in all, a remarkable (for City Hall) display of intelligent, engaged adults wrestling with a serious public policy matter.

Then there was Councilman Sheffie Kadane.

"This charter district -- would there be DISD schools in the district?" Kadane asked when his turn to speak arrived.

A reasonable question, perhaps, if it were early March when news of the home-rule push was just being leaked, but this has been consuming headlines for a month-and-a-half now. Kadane had just listened to a two hours of discussion about the ins and outs of home rule and what it might possibly mean for DISD.

"They'd all be in the district," Mayor Mike Rawlings offered.

Kadane still didn't get it.

"So I'd have Bryan Adams in my district, then I'd have a home-rule school?"

The sound of the room suppressing a collective facepalm was almost audible. Kadane didn't notice.

"To do this you've got to get voter approval?" he continued. "So we could actually go through with this and leave it up to the voters?"

The council, City Attorney Warren Ernst stepped in to explain, isn't "going through" with anything. There's a petition being circulated that, if it reaches the 25,000 or so signatures, will automatically trigger the formation of a 15-member commission (appointed by the school board), which will propose the charter that will ultimately go before voters. That charter would determine how DISD -- even Bryan Adams -- is governed.

Kadane was confused.

"I think we need to learn a little more about home rule, and then I think we need to leave it up to all our constituents to make the decision."

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Anon.
Anon.

I kinda like Sheffie. I've worked with him on several issues. Do I agree with him on everything? Of course not. But I've never doubted his sincerity or that he works hard for his constituents. But you gotta get his attention first!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I'll bet this dude would definitely be pro-legal marijuana.

Annonnymous
Annonnymous

Kadane was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the City Manager selection committee. Think about that for a moment.

casiepierce
casiepierce

As another poster once said recently about Kadane: "And then Sheffie fell back asleep face-first into his applesauce and the staff wheeled him back into his room."

maddox
maddox

The bigger question is why there isn't much conversation about all the term limited folks who will be out of office come June 2015. Sheffie is one of them, and I really hope that neighborhood groups in District 9, particularly east of White Rock Lake, will get a good grassroots candidate who can give another vote against City Hall and for neighborhood interests. All the four African American council members are also term limited (along with Allen), so 2015 is the time to make the move and get candidates who are willing to hit the pavement to win in May/June.

Dan_Koller
Dan_Koller

People of Lakewood, why do y'all keep voting for this guy?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Who still thinks that Austin can do a better job of running our schools than we can?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Anon. I don't think he works hard to stay abreast of issues.  He's affable, but so is an old Bassett Hound

lakewoodhobo
lakewoodhobo

@Anon.  From what I understand, he is a homophobic nutjob that has no respect for others outside his heterosexual WASP lifestyle.


And he wears uncomfortably tight t-shirts.

WylieH
WylieH

@Anon.  And that can indeed be difficult.... I think one of his favorite hobbies is sleeping and napping.

James080
James080

@bvckvs  

Using your logic, you accurately reflect the intelligence and character of (soon to be former) Judge Cortez and (soon to be indicted) John Wylie Price.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@bvckvs  


I am one of his constituents and know him well. I've never voted for him and never will because he is an old idiot. Most of the people in his district who vote are in Lakewood where he lives. that's why he wins every election. If ALL of the constituents in his district voted our city councilman/woman would probably be Mexican.

tbarker1
tbarker1

@Dan_Koller  Very few actually vote. We did some research on this during the Winfrey Point battle, and approximately 10 percent of the registered voters went to the polls. I've slept since then but there are about 65,000 voters in his district so this was about 6500 voters. So basically it took a bit over 3300 voters to elect Sheffie. With Winfrey Point, the DUC Boathouse, the proposed restaurant, and the heavy use of poison at White Rock Lake, it may finally be time for voters on the East Bank of White Rock Lake to come out and elect a grassroots candidate. The West Bank has basically controlled our District for many years. Maybe time for a change.

Annonnymous
Annonnymous

The road to city council representative for District 9 goes through the Park Board. That's always been the succession plan in Lakewood regardless of who serves on the Park Board as the District 9 appointee. Shameful.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@everlastingphelps what a non-sequitur;.  Our disticts are "independent" and run by the local school district, not Austin.  Your hackneyed talking points don't fit here

Anon.
Anon.

Gotta agree with you about the t-shirts.

maddox
maddox

@Annonnymous  


Gerry Worrall III, who is the District 9 appointee to the Park Board, is not running for the Council seat. Gloria Tarpley, who is on the City Plan Commission, might run. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

Wow, sounds kinda like that nutter who just shot up the Jewish center, the anti-capitalist who would have happy at an occupy campout.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@scottindallas @everlastingphelps  Our districts are "independent" the same way the various communist regimes were "democratic" -- it's in the name and no where else.  They are all run by the TEA in Austin under strict regulation.  Home Rule would put our school board in the position of the TEA, and let us make our own curriculum and process that complies with federal and state law.

Annonnymous
Annonnymous

Prior to being appointed to the CPC, Gloria Tarpley served on the Park Board. She was on the road before Worrall so she goes first into the next spot on the City Council ballot for District 9. Hopefully, she will not run. If she chooses to do so, it's said she's in for a huge fight. She'll be the Dallas Citizen's Council candidate. Poor Lakewood. Poor Dallas.

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