There are plenty of very good reasons to blow up Dallas ISD's board of trustees.
|Trustee Mike Morath is involved in the push to turn DISD into a home-rule district. Somehow.|
Its meetings are long, petty and often unproductive. In a district that's more than two-thirds Hispanic, just one of its nine members is the same. Choosing trustees by geographic district discourages district-wide thinking and encourages patronage. Plus, maybe democracy just isn't the best way to run a large urban school district.
Bernadette Nutall wondered what the goal behind the push is.
Whether it's wise to actually light the fuse depends entirely on what will replace it. So far the backers of the new push to turn Dallas ISD into a so-called "home-rule district," which would abolish the current board, aren't saying what they have in mind.
The Dallas Morning News had the scoop over the weekend. A new group called Support Our Public Schools, funded by Houston billionaire (and HIllcrest High alum) John Arnold and a half dozen or so other, secret donors, wants to free DISD from a good chunk of the state laws governing school districts utilizing a never-used 1995 provision allowing home-rule districts, which, much like cities, operate under a charter granted by the state. Trustee Mike Morath is also involved, though he's not saying how deeply.More »